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Communication Sciences & Disorders _

Mission and Strategic Plan

We will positively impact the lives of individuals with communication disorders through excellence in student preparation, scholarly activities, interdisciplinary practices, and inclusive community engagement.

  • To engage in scholarly activities that advance science, healthcare, and education
  •  To prepare students to become excellent speech language pathologists, audiologists, educators, and researchers who will provide the highest quality services by integrating research, education, and community

Goals and Objectives


Goal 1: To have stable and transparent fiscal policies and practices. 


●      Objective A:  Maintain a balanced and operationally justified budget that faculty and staff have access to and that is easily understood

Measures of Success:

●      Any faculty or staff member can explain the budget generics and the monthly budget report

●      Identify where there are problem areas that could lead to deficits

●      Operating in the black


●      Objective B:  Advocate for and pursue resources that ensure a level of excellence

Measures of Success:

●      Effective billing and reimbursement mechanism for on-campus clinic and off-campus contracts

●      Maintain appropriate infrastructure to support all clinic-related activity

●      Increased referrals to our on campus clinics (speech and audiology) 

●      Sustainable, successful community/university partnerships and increased funding 

●      Consistent and effective application of departmental workload policy



Goal 2: To promote a departmental culture that supports faculty, staff, and students.


●      Objective A:  Attract, recruit, and retain and sustain success of the highest quality faculty, staff and students

Measures of Success:

●      Quality of applicants increase (measured by GPA, GRE, and research involvement).

●      Retention of our best undergrad (measured by standard metrics of academic and extracurricular activities) students into graduate programs and grad students (specifically AuD, MA and PhD).

●      Diversity of applicants’ cultural/linguistic, experiential, and educational background across all programs


●      Objective B: Show appreciation through honest, professional, and caring communication

Measures of Success:

○      Decreased evidence of concerns about interpersonal communication of this to Department Heads 

○      Develop internal climate survey and improved performance against it year over year


●      Objective C: Promote an understanding of faculty and staff roles and responsibilities

Measures of Success: 

○      Implementation and transparency of Workload Policy

○      Develop job descriptions with measures of success for full time adjunct, educator lines



Goal 3: To strengthen the regional, national and international research reputation of faculty.


●      Objective A:  Maximize the volume and quality of conducted and disseminated research Measures of Success

●      Increased invitations of faculty and staff to give presentations as thought leaders

●      Increased faculty publications, presentations, funding, and awards

●      Increased student publications, presentations, funding, and awards

●      Increased professional service accolades

●      Increased appointments of faculty as Editor, Associate Editor, Reviewer, Conference Chair, and Visiting Scholars to other institutions

●      Objective B:  Ensure support for optimal research infrastructure

Measures of Success

●      Increased faculty research funding, personnel and release time, and percent effort

●      Increased sabbatical approval

●      Increased collaboration with external entities nationally and internationally

●      Objective C:  Recruit and produce scholars that make a positive impact in the field of CSD through research, education, and service 

Measures of Success

●      Accept exceptional PhD student applicants who are well positioned to make a positive impact in the field

●      Increased successful job placement for PhD graduates

●      Increased student and graduate publications, presentations, funding, and awards

●      Increased service on state and national associations 



Goal 4: To continue to increase the quality of our teaching and programs in all forms and innovate where needed


●      Objective A: Elevate the quality of our teaching/program offerings

Measures of Success

●      Improved outcomes of course evaluations

●      Increased number and types of internal and external teaching awards, including those for innovation 

●      Improved outcomes of peer evaluations of courses

●      Objective B: Optimize opportunities for faculty to learn and apply pedagogical principles and techniques

Measures of Success

●      Increased number of accessible opportunities available for the faculty

●      Increased number of faculty participating in internal and external opportunities

●      Objective C:  Evaluate and implement a successful distance learning model for research, education and service

Measures of Success

●      Infrastructure and funding for the DL work we are doing in our current model

●      Examination of current model with any necessary revision of all DL offerings

●      Developed formal benchmarking for DL programs to develop measures of success 

●      Increased number of faculty that have taken a Quality Matters course


Goal 5: To increase quality and variety of clinical offerings that bridge coursework to clinical practice and grow students’ knowledge and skills.


●      Objective A: Application of classroom knowledge, research, principles, and evidence-based practice into clinical practice

Measures of Success

●      Excellence in student preparation as evidenced by successful clinical practicum experiences, 100% passing of the Praxis, student retention, employment and alumni feedback

●      Internal clinic operations that support effective and efficient service delivery

●      Developed clinic program feedback mechanisms 

●      Objective B:  Expand our variety of quality external and on campus clinical offerings and opportunities for student placement

Measures of Success

●      Increased offerings of interdisciplinary clinical experiences

●      Student and community satisfaction as evidenced by practicum feedback

CSD student Matthew Kist in French East Hall

Contact Us

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500

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