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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan of the University of Memphis

University of Memphis Strategic Plan: Defining Our Future.

Strategic Plan of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Strategic Plan: Priorities, Goals, and Actions
2019-2024

Overview

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has a long standing tradition of excellence in cutting-edge research, leadership in the professions, clinical education, and service provision to the Mid-South community. Current areas of expertise are in hearing aids, hearing science, vestibular assessment, music and perception, speech perception and production, fluency, voice, motor-speech disorders, conversation, language and literacy, infant vocalization, and neurological speech disorders, alternative and augmentative communication. The school houses two professional degrees, a Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology (2 years) and Doctor of Audiology (4 years). Both professional programs provide a strong focus on foundational science, interpersonal communication, and opportunities for student engagement in research experiences. The PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders trains the future scientists in the field. Many graduates of our PhD program have become leaders in the professions and in academia.

Goals

The strategic planning process was initiated through a series of meetings that included the tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, clinic directors, and business officer and support staff. The resulting goals move the School toward a leaner but more focused future, while still addressing our fundamental mission and needs.

  1. Fill existing faculty positions
  2. Increase number of clinical faculty to adapt to increase client service and student supervision
  3. Maintain adequate number and quality of faculty and staff
  4. Provide professional development opportunities each semester

  1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary and/or interprofessional research activity
  2. Increase number of grants to CSD faculty
  3. Increase number of PhD and post-doctoral fellows

  1. Track and ensure high standard of performance for students: at admission and during graduate training
  2. Professional students will demonstrate professional engagement
  3. All professional students will receive interprofessional training

  1. Track and ensure high standard of performance for students: at admission and during graduate training
  2. Professional students will demonstrate professional engagement
  3. All professional students will receive interprofessional training

  1. Maintain and expand Client Assistance Program
  2. Expand outreach to community

  1. Collaborate with other professions to create innovative programs/services
  2. Clinical students will gain experience in interprofessional practice

  1. Increase faculty awareness
  2. Provide opportunities for students to learn and reflect on differences

  1. Recruit students from diverse populations
  2. Establish support for first generation students and students from underrepresented groups
  3. Increase number of graduates from underrepresented groups in the graduate programs

  1. Establish mechanisms for funding students from underrepresented groups
  2. Scholarships/awards for those with special interests or needs

  1. Develop sustainable strategies, including new programs, expanding programs, local contracts

  1. Develop and track graduate certificates
  2. Develop online programming

  1. Grants, sponsors/donations, contracts and collaborations

  1. Research marketing plan
  2. Program marketing

  1. Research, educational programs, and clinic marketing