Strategic Plan

The Master of Arts Program Strategic Plan is based upon The University of Akron's Vision 2020 guidelines.

Mission:

The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology program is to provide Ohio with a pool of professionals who are dedicated to helping individuals achieve full communication and health potential. To that end, the School:

Prepares Speech-Language Pathologists through professional education and clinical training who can diagnose and treat a variety of communication disorders in a variety of settings;Enhances services to the professional community through continuing education, mentoring, consulting, joint research and provision of clinical services through contracts;Provides for research and clinical service through entrepreneurship and external funding from federal, state and local agencies;Engages in professional, cross-disciplinary training and research partnerships in the University, region and statewide communities.

Vision:

The program in Speech-Language Pathology will be recognized as a national leader in evidence-based training for their respective professions through knowledge creation and use, and entrepreneurship.

Assessment timeline

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

Program Outcomes: Developed for On-Campus Traditional, Collaborative, On-Line or Distance Learning Programs

Graduates of all Speech-Language Pathology program will:

Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of the foundations, theories, and applications within their field of study.Demonstrate clinical competencies in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.Present knowledge of research principles and their integration into evidence based practice.Demonstrate understanding of the ethical standards and conduct expected for professionals within their respective fields.Present knowledge of professional issues that can confront practitioners and demonstrate ability to problem solve for solutions that support patients/clients and their families.

Strategies:

Maintain and expand accreditation body requirements that dictate acquisition of employment, graduation, Praxis pass rates. Expand decision-making and initiatives for student success through data, analysis, benchmarking. Modify and enhance student learning assessments presently required by accrediting bodies. Enhance faculty lines based on demonstrated data, needs and abilities of each program to enhance the School’s ability to impact/advance student success.

Goal 1: Student Success

Commitment to Excellence

Objectives:

Develop methods for student commitment and engagement with community health related partners.Enhance flexible and convenient programming to meet diverse student needs.Commit to a comprehensive set of activities leading to graduation and post-graduation success within their respective fields.Ensure pass rates above national average for licensure, and certification exams.

Strategies:

Target recruitment, marketing, scholarships, pipelines for diversity, (STEMM, undergraduate and graduate students)Embed cross-cultural principles and understanding within curriculum.Provide opportunity to support to full and part time adult and first generation learners.Use technology to enhance already existing online learning and to develop additional opportunities.Assure student engagement in experiential learning activities, including the use of ABIA for classroom and other activities to develop unique knowledge and skill set.Provide a continuum of unique experiences that create a passport to post-graduation success.Expand opportunities with our Work Force plan for student recruitment and job identification within the health care professions for all populations.

Goal 2: Distinction

Facilitate Faculty Development and Success by Expanding Clusters of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research.

Objectives:

Create a culture and framework for enhancing interprofessional collaborations and increased external funding within the School.Receive national and international recognition for socially-relevant intra college and community related health clusters that develop wellness models that work.Advance the development, management, protection, marketing and commercialization of new technologies to catalyze economic growth especially in STEMM.

Strategies

Create policies and systems that reward interprofessional teaching, research, service and community engagement.Develop an RTP document that rewards true interprofessional collaboration in research, publication, presentation and creative work.Position the School to receive its fair share of available start-up funding, adequate amount, type and quality of research space.Provide education to OBSLPA and OSLHA regarding the professional/clinical expertise necessary to train clinically competent students for job placement.Develop additional degrees/certificates/course offerings responsive to region and the state.Enhance public-private partnerships between the School and health care community.Increase entrepreneurial efforts of faculty that enhances health related service to the community and supports the operation of such community partnerships.Encourage faculty collaboration through use of the Interprofessional Education model.

Goal 3: Engagement

Build and Sustain Vital Relationships and Partnerships

Objectives:

Expand the School’s capacity to engage with other community health related service providers by partnering to advance education, research, and shared resources.Work with other state training institutions and community partners (e.g., hospitals, long-term care facilities, private practices, etc.) to provide affordable, efficient, and relevant education and services that will provide well trained health force professionals.

Strategies:

Enhance and expand already existing partnerships with strategic collaborations with eternal partners in Ohio.Solidify existing partnerships and expand opportunities for provision of health related training within the community.Expand experiential learning and curricular engagement.Engage alumni, agencies, and donor base to provide student scholarships and opportunities for community partnerships to provide health and wellness services.Partner with universities (including international) to increase education and training for health and wellness professionals in order to provide best practice treatments and interventions across the country and world.