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School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

NOAC Strategic Plan

NOAC Strategic Plan

NOAC Mission

The mission of the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium is to provide Ohio with a pool of independent and competent professional audiologists. Toward this end, the consortium seeks to: (1) Prepare audiologists through professional education and clinical training who can diagnosis, treat and manage individuals with hearing and balance disorders; (2) Enhance service to the professional community through continuing education, mentoring, consulting and joint research; and (3) Provide for research and clinical service through external funding from federal, state, and local agencies.

NOAC is dedicated to educating students in all aspects of audiologic diagnosis and treatment. As such, graduates will be prepared and ready for autonomous practice in any type of audiology practice including hospital, clinic, private practice, school, or industrial setting.

NOAC Program Goals

Our anticipated student outcomes for our graduates include:

  • Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of the foundations, theories, and application of audiology.
  • Demonstrate clinical competencies in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and their integration into evidence-based clinical practice in audiology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical standards and conduct expected in the field of audiology.

Vision Statement

We aspire to be the premier Doctor of Audiology program in the country with a reputation for excellence, innovation, and leadership in the education of students and in the generation, integration and dissemination of knowledge concerning audiology.

Goals and Strategies

Goal 1: Ensure student success by attracting outstanding students and providing excellence in didactic and clinical education.

Objectives:

  • Increase the number of students admitted to NOAC to 11 per university per year.
  • Refine and update the NOAC curriculum on a continuing basis.

Strategies:

  • Keep the NOAC Web Site informative and current.
  • Encourage prospective students to visit the NOAC institutions.
  • Promote the program on the local, state, and national level.
  • Review and update the curriculum on a continuing basis with extensive review once every two years.

Goal 2: Strengthen the collaborative nature of the consortium

Objectives:

  • Enhance communication among NOAC faculty, students and preceptors.
  • Develop and implement a joint Ph.D. program

Strategies:

  • Insure that all NOAC students have access to both campuses and the services provided on each campus
  • Pursue a single graduation ceremony for NOAC graduates.
  • Examine the feasibility of offering a joint Ph.D. program with NOAC faculty and upper administration of both universities.

Goal 3: Enhance and expand partnerships with the professional community

Objectives:

  • Increase the number and variety of external training sites for students including 3rd year and 4th year sites.
  • Engage in more collaborative activities with affiliated external sites.

Strategies:

  • Enhance, acknowledge and reward relationships with external sites by providing CEU events.
  • Provide plaques for each external site that acknowledges their affiliation with NOAC. 

Goal 4: Improve community well-being by providing exemplary audiologic services to the public of Northeast Ohio

Objectives:

  • Continue to provide diagnostic and treatment services for individuals with hearing and balance problems including specialized clinics for amplification, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus, balance, and hearing assistance technology,
  • Serve as a resource for solving community problems related to hearing impairment, balance, and noise.

Strategies:

  • Provide resources and support for community use of Hearing Assistive Technology.
  • Provide noise measurements and audiology consultation services.
  • Work with industry and government in research dealing with hearing, noise and balance.
  • Partner with community agencies in providing hearing and balance diagnostic and treatment services.

Goal 5: Enhance consortium resources

Objectives:

  • Continue to make a case to university administrators of the need for continuing funding of the consortium programs.
  • Increase the amount of external funding provided to the consortium

Strategies:

  • Continue to inform upper administration of continuing successes in meeting criteria of excellence.
  • Continue to benchmark with other Au.D. programs.
  • Identify potential sources of funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Work with the offices of development to increase the amount of donations from individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
  • Work with Audiology Foundation of America to increase the amount of funding in the Kenneth Berger Memorial Scholarship endowment fund.

Assessment Timeline

This strategic plan will be evaluated over the next five years. Data concerning each goal will be collected and assessed annually.

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