Strategic Plan 2008-2011: 2010 UPDATE
VISION STATEMENT: To become the premier graduate educational institution for speech-language pathology in the state of Kentucky
MISSION STATEMENT: (revised, 7/9/10) The mission of the speech-language pathology faculty is to provide the highest quality academic education, facilitate student access to a variety of clinical populations and settings, expand the scientific base of speech-language pathology through basic and applied research, and maintain student diversity and community partnerships.
Focus Area One: Clinical preparation of students
1. Earn clinical hours in a supported, part-time clinical setting
2. Earn clinical competencies needed for the skills portion of KASA
Indicators of Success:
1. Students will earn a minimum of 25 hours per semester· In 2009, students earned an average of 42.55 clinical hours in the spring semester placement in our community partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools.
2. Students will obtain a minimum of 5 competencies after two consecutive part-time placements with the same supervisor in the first year of the program. In 2009, students earned more than 5 competencies in the spring semester placement in our community partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools.
Long Term Goal:
By January, 2011, the speech-language pathology section will increase community partnerships with public schools to include districts in the Ohio Valley Educational Consortium.
Focus Area Two: Increase program development within specialty areas such as autism, rural settings, early intervention, multi-cultural population, pediatric feeding and swallowing, and the elderly.
1. Develop concentrations of practice in specialty areas such as the elderly, pediatric feeding, multi-cultural populations, rural populations, early intervention, social group communication and inner city students.
2. Increase funding resources for students to pursue the targeted concentrations.
3. Ensure the program continues to be a competitive institution for speech-language pathology at the state and national level.
Indicators of Success:
1. The program will be able to offer increased assistantship monies for students.
· The program obtained two additional assistantships from the graduate school.
· An outside benefactor created an annual scholarship for a student in the program.
2. The program will offer an expanded program of study in speciality areas.
· The program hired a new faculty member with expertise in pediatric feeding and swallowing;
· The program amended the curriculum, by expanding a one day seminar into a 3 credit course in pediatric feeding and swallowing.
3. The program will increase the level of care for specialty population(s) in the community.
· Faculty members offer early intervention experience in their private practice
· Students are placed in inner city schools for initial practicum placements in our community partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools.
· Students are placed with the STAR program (autism).
· Students will be able to be placed in rural settings through planned community partnership with Ohio Valley Educational Consortium (see Long term goal in Focus area One).
Long Term Goal:
By April, 2011, the faculty will establish a formal partnership with a funding source, via the University of Louisville signature partnership in the west end of Louisville.
Focus Area Three: Community Clinic
The program has a commitment to meet clinic needs in the community, by re-establishing the university training clinic. The program has been informed that its current location is to be closed, and the program will move to a new location which has not yet been determined. It is not prudent to establish a community clinic in a location that will not be permanent.