Mission & Strategic Plan

Mission Statement for Audiology & Speech Language Pathology Programs 


Our mission is to:

Prepare future professionals who will:

  • provide ethical, compassionate, and evidenced-based clinical services across the scope of practice for their profession;
  • advocate for and facilitate communication development and well-being across the lifespan;
  • work effectively with diverse populations in diverse environments;
  • work collaboratively with professionals from other disciplines.

Foster an academic environment that will: 

  • inspire students to develop critical thinking skills, cultural competence, and clinical expertise;
  • support faculty in the creation and integration of innovative teaching strategies, experiential learning, and research;
  • support faculty professional and leadership development.


Strategic Plan 2018-2023 for Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Programs 


Goals & Objectives: 

Goal #1: Enhance student clinical education, clinical service provision to citizens of the Mid-Atlantic Region, and outreach to the community.

  • Objective 1.1: Focus on the student and faculty development in the area of cultural competence.
  • Objective 1.2: Strengthen academic-community collaborations that provide clinical outreach and research opportunities.
  • Objective 1.3: Enhance students’ self-reflection and evaluation skills,  including a focus on how they can enhance patient well-being.
  • Objective 1.4: Provide opportunities for students to participate in interprofessional education (IPE).
  • Objective 1.5: Support the enhancement of clinical knowledge and skills outcomes.
  • Objective 1.6: Examine program requirements and curriculum relative to the changing needs of the professions and make changes as needed.

Goal #2: Examine and enhance opportunities for students to develop critical thinking and life-long learning skills.

  • Objective 2.1: Shift advising focus to student-focused planning for future career path and personal growth, rather than course selection.
  • Objective 2.2: Provide all students with the knowledge and skills required to be good consumers of research.

Goal #3: Support faculty and student research initiatives.

  • Objective 3.1: Provide support for students to participate in research dissemination.
  • Objective 3.2: Develop a wide array of clinical and research collaborations with a focus on expanding student and faculty experiences.
  • Objective 3.3: Provide opportunities for faculty to share research findings with faculty and students within the department and college.
  • Objective 3.4: Share faculty and student research accomplishments with students, faculty, alumni, and others.

Goal #4: Support faculty professional and leadership development

  • Objective 4.1: Examine current methods of teaching, scholarship, and service, using multiple forms of input, to determine systems and technology that will enhance student outcomes.
  • Objective 4.2: Examine and improve faculty peer evaluation and mentoring process.
  • Objective 4.3: Examine and streamline time-consuming administrative and service tasks to enhance faculty time available for teaching and scholarship projects.
  • Objective 4.4: Provide training opportunities in conflict management for all faculty.
  • Objective 4.5: Provide time management/organizational skills training opportunities for faculty.
  • Objective 4.6: Identify faculty interested in academic leadership and provide project-based, applied learning opportunities and other specialty training.

Progress towards these goals and objectives will be evaluated in January and May of each academic year.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni, off-campus supervisors, administrators, and other interested parties are welcome to provide feedback to the department chairperson, Dr. Diana Emanuel, at .