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About the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The professionals in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and The Audiology and Speech Center are dedicated to helping individuals achieve the full communication potential.

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The University of Akron is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation cycle is 2012/2013 through 2022/2023.


CAA-Accredited-SLP

The Master of Arts (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at The University of Akron is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


CAA-Accredited-Audiology

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program at the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium, is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


The University of Akron does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, age, handicap, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loans programs, or other school-administered programs.

The College of Health and Human Sciences is committed to improving the human condition.  To do so the College values diversity in all forms, including national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status; and seeks to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student population.

The CHHS focus on diversity demands an environment where respect for others supports meaningful dialogue across broad, interprofessional issues rooted in academic inquiry, research and discovery.  Our graduates are prepared to address the needs of an evolving health care system and value inclusion and the opportunity to serve health needs and promote wellness opportunities to an increasingly diverse community.

Executive Summary of School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Strategic Plan
2021-2022 School Year


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The Strategic Plan is developed through a collaboration with the program faculty and director and through consultation with the dean from the College of Health and Human Sciences. The following is the executive summary of the 2021-2022 strategic plan for the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. Data in this report pertain to activities from 2020-2021 and were summarized at a faculty strategic planning session on 3/21/21. At this meeting, the faculty and director reviewed university-school priorities, goals, and outcomes.

Summary of Priorities, Goals, and Outcomes

Priority #1: Increase Success of Our Students

Provide high quality instruction, opportunities for career preparation, and excellent support services to achieve steady and timely academic progress toward graduation.

Goal 1a:  Increase timely academic progress toward graduation through undergraduate strategic course offerings.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, five online courses were added to assist post-baccalaureate and undergraduate students with accessing core courses. All five courses had a sufficient number of students to run the class for the semester. In Introduction to Hearing and Speech Sciences, the instructor enrolled more students than originally projected. The additional online course offerings were considered a success and will continue for the 2021-2022 school year.

Goal 1b: Increase graduate opportunities for career preparation in high demand areas within the field of speech-language pathology

The AAC Concentration Certificate received full approval from the university, and our target number of six students was admitted into the program. There are now two new elective courses, and all students in the campus-based and distance learning programs are eligible to take these electives.

Priority #2: Emphasize Academic Distinctiveness

Offer in-demand degree programs and those that make UA distinctive; conduct high-quality, focused research in specific areas of strength; and engage with the community in driving the economic development of the region through strong public-private partnerships.

Goal 2:  Develop pre-professional clinical training pathway for undergraduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology.

COVID prevented the School from offering hands-on clinical training and Center-based guided observations to undergraduate students. Hands-on clinical training and Center-based observations will be reevaluated for the 2022-2023 school year.

Priority #3: Generate Additional Revenue

Increase student recruitment and persistence to degree, fundraising, research grants with limited or no University subsidy and additional external auxiliary funding.

Goal 3:  Increase number of online course sections

The School was able to offer six newly online courses during the 2021-2022 school year. Five of the courses enabled undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to access in demand courses to help them graduate on time and start graduate school. One course was a graduate level elective for students in the AAC concentration. An additional online AAC course will be newly offered as part of our AAC Certificate.

Priority #4: Continue to Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness

Operate academic, academic support and auxiliary units as effectively and efficiently as possible, including possible outsourcing of some operational functions, and ensure the efficient delivery of courses and degree programs through more effective scheduling, academic administration and unit reorganization.

Goal 4: Implement improved processes for effective course scheduling

Coordinators met with the faculty who will teach courses during the upcoming semester, and they determine their course schedules. Courses are thoughtfully scheduled around clinical training and to support student learning. Once the schedule is drafted, the coordinators meet with the administrative assistant to enter the course schedule into the university scheduling software. There has been a significant change in the summer course offerings for the campus-based graduate program in speech-language pathology. More specifically, summer courses were scheduled to allow students more time at their clinical placements and to reduce fatigue. 

 

The School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is an academic program in the College of Health and Human Sciences of The University of Akron. Through professional education, the School prepares highly qualified audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full communication potential. To this end, the School advances excellence in student learning, collaborative clinical service delivery, community service, and the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching.


Mission Statement: Speech-Language Pathology Masters of Arts (M.A.) Program

The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program is to provide Ohio and the nation with a pool of speech-language pathologists who are dedicated to helping individuals achieve full communication potential. To that end, the School:

  1. Prepares speech-language pathologists who can diagnose, manage, and treat patients with communication disorders and differences in a variety of settings;
  2. Enhances service to the professional community through continuing education, mentoring, consulting, joint research and provision of clinical service through contracts;
  3. Provides for research and clinical service through entrepreneurship and external funding from federal, state, and local agencies.
  4. Engages in professional, cross-disciplinary training and research partnerships in the University, regional, and statewide communities.

Mission Statement: Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

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