NOAC Strategic Plan

Vision Statement

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.

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 at least 11 per university per year.
  • Refine and update the NOAC curriculum on a continuing basis.

Strategies:

  • Maintain an informative and current NOAC Web Site.
  • 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 five years.

Goal 2: Strengthen the collaborative nature of the consortium

Objectives:

  • Enhance communication among NOAC faculty, students and preceptors.
  • Improve joint admissions process.

Strategies:

  • Insure that all NOAC students have access to both campuses and the services provided on each campus.
  • Continue to inform upper administration of continuing successes in meeting criteria of excellence.
  • Continue to benchmark with other Au.D. programs.
  • Continue to develop and expand opportunities for collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic including pediatric assisting opportunities, observations through the Family Health Centers and journal clubs.
  • Explore a joint application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) for joint admission to the NOAC program.

Goal 3: Enhance and expand partnerships with the professional community

Objectives:

  • Increase the number and variety of external training sites for students including 3rd 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.
  • Obtain additional funding for students to work and support research in hearing, noise and balance at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

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, tinnitus and balance problems including specialized clinics for amplification, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus, balance, and hearing assistive technology.
  • Serve as a resource for solving community problems related to hearing impairment, balance, and hearing loss prevention.

Strategies:

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

Goal 5: Enhance consortium resources

Objectives:

  • Increase the amount of external funding provided to the consortium

Strategies:

  • 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.

Assessment Timeline

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

Rev. 06.16