Mission Statement & Strategic Plan

Mission Statement & Strategic Plan

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at the University of Louisville has administrative and academic roots in both the School of Medicine and the School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (S.I.G.S.).  As a “first professional degree” program, the AuD program has reason to honor the mission statements of both Schools.  Additionally, all degree programs are obliged to align their missions with the overarching raison d’être of the University.

The Mission of the University of Louisville, “The University of Louisville shall be a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university with a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our diverse communities and citizens through the pursuit of excellence in five interrelated strategic areas: (1) Educational Experience, (2) Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity, (3) Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Communication, (4) Partnerships and Collaborations, and (5) Institutional Effectiveness of Programs and Services.”

The Mission of the School of Medicine is “to be a vital component in the University’s quest to become a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university, to excel in the education of physicians and scientists for careers in teaching, research, patient care and community service, and to bring fundamental discoveries of our basic and clinical scientists to the bedside.”

The Mission of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies is “to cultivate and promote excellence in graduate studies through research and teaching in an environment of cultural and intellectual diversity.”

The Mission of the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree program is an amalgamation and synthesis of the Missions of the School of Medicine, S.I.G.S. and the University.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality professional education for our students, the most advanced hearing healthcare for our patients, to advocate and support the needs of persons with hearing loss, and to expand the scientific base of hearing healthcare through applied research.

OPERATING PRINCIPLES. To fulfill this mission, we will:

  • Treat all students, patients and customers with respect at each and every encounter
  • Acknowledge that we serve the needs of the patient and not vice versa
  • Ensure quality service through adherence to practice standards
  • Monitor our adherence to these standards through continuous quality improvement
  • Provide the most advanced service through continued professional development by the staff
  • Constantly promote the needs of the persons with hearing loss and their families
  • Prepare students to provide effective hearing healthcare and enable them to develop the ability for applied thought
  • Advance the knowledge base of the profession by applying the principles of discovery to all endeavors, to constantly seek answers to audiologic questions, and to share this information with the profession
  • Generate and provide resources to accomplish our mission.
  • Uphold these principles in the context of a changing healthcare environment


Strategic Plan

Goal 1:  Implement a periodic curriculum review to be held at least every three years

  • Strategies
    • Prior to review gather input from students
    • Prior to review gather input from faculty
    • Prior to review gather input from clinical preceptors
    • Review curriculum with input from outside sources and keeping in mind KASA requirements

Goal 2:  Develop plan to infuse speech-language didactic and clinical content throughout the curriculum

  • Strategies
    • Schedule faculty curriculum review at least every 3 years
    • Continue to verify SLP content in the following courses:  AUDI 636 Pediatrics, AUDI 629 Cochlear Implants, AUDI 654 Auditory Processing Disorders, AUDI 638 Educational Audiology, AUDI 621 Audiologic Rehabilitation, AUDI 642 Gerontology
      • Reviewed in periodic curriculum review
  • Continue to schedule SLP Grand Rounds speaker at least once every two years (i.e. Dr. Alan Smith, Dr. Gay Masters)
  • Encourage SLP screening (performed by AuD students) in all pediatric clinic sites
    • For example:  ELM-2
    • Include speech screening hours on clinic hour summary sheets


Goal 3: Develop program to ensure that internal clinical supervision is appropriate for student’s needs and outside placements are in areas of student’s needs

  • Strategies

–     Create Clinical Director position who will be responsible for:

  • Seeing to end of semester evals (midterm and final) and setting aside a week to complete these
  • Share goals, clinical and academic levels of students with the clinical supervisors
  • Share experiences/Typhon
  • Increase awareness of clinical supervisors knowledge of student’s abilities
  • Make KASA competencies available to supervisors before students start rotation
  • Make student needs known to outside sites


Goal 4:  Revise and formalize annual student assessment procedures

  • Strategies

–     Include section on annual meeting in student manual and in student orientation so students understand its purpose

–     Assign each student a faculty mentor who is the first person they should contact if problems arise during the year.  Post faculty mentors in the Student Manual.  Discuss at annual orientation

–     In student manual and in student orientation discuss student support services offered by the University (counseling, assessment, writing) and by the Graduate School


Goal 5: Revise program’s plan for summative and formative assessment

  • Strategies:

–     Implement a web-based KASA tracking system which will allow for an immediate determination of student’s progress towards achieving competencies in all areas.

  • Customize web based system to our needs
  • Training faculty and outside preceptors in program use
  • Train students in program use
  • Monitor faculty, preceptors and students in the implementation
  • Determine if this can be done in Typhon

–     Maintain Praxis testing timeline.

  • Require all students to take the Praxis exam during the fall of their 3rd year and report their results to the Program no later than January 30th of their 3rd year
  • A remediation program will be implemented for students who do not pass the Praxis on the second attempt
    • The remediation program will be designed specific to each student’s needs and may include: retaking a course, completing an independent study, clinical practicum placement

–     Maintain and evaluate the Programs comprehensive exam policy and the comprehensive exam remediation policy

–     Implement the Program’s remediation plan for students with KASA deficiencies  and/or deficiencies observed in the student’s transcript

  • Evaluate the following plan and update to include comprehensive exams
  • A deficiency is observed on a student’s transcript for any of the following:
    • When GPA is less than 3.0
    • When more than 2 “c” grades in academic courses
    • For the first “c” grade for clinical practicum
    • Remediation will be designed individually and may include one or more of the following:
      • Repeating a class
      • Intensified practicum experience which may include more than the required 20 credit hours of clinical internship
      • Personalized independent study
      • Students will be counseled that successful remediation may require an extra year in the program


Goal 6:  Revise and develop Program’s plan for self-evaluation

  • Strategies:

–     Implement an annual self-evaluation meeting to be held after the annual student meetings

  • Data will include: feedback from annual student meetings, questionnaires from graduates, annual focus group with graduating students
  • Utilize results to revise curriculum, revise strategic plan

–     Develop exiting graduate survey plan

  • Review existing data and expand questionnaire
  • Develop strategies to increase response rate

–     Implement annual focus group for graduating students

  • Will be held after students complete their externship
  • Will focus on strengths and weaknesses of program

–     Continue to evaluate Program space needs and advocate for additional space for:

  • Faculty expansion
  • Expanded research program

Goal 7: Proposed a change to the annual Division Chief assessment to include faculty/staff input

  • Strategies

–     By July 2015, faculty will inquire with the Chair of the Dept. of Surgery to be included in the annual evaluation of the Division Chief.

–     Program in Audiology faculty will consider implementing peer evaluations and student evaluations of the Audiology Program Director and the Audiology Clinic Director.

Goal 8:  Implement the faculty needs plan.

  • Strategies: 
    • On an biennial basis the faculty will determine whether the faculty needs plan has been met or if the faculty needs plan requires revision
    • Current plan: 4 academic faculty and 1 clinical faculty for every 5, 1st and 2nd year students.
    • If the plan is not met the faculty will develop strategies to meet the plan or revise the plan if appropriate.