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HSLS Strategic Plan 2017-2022
The Gallaudet University Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences (HSLS) Department offers degrees in three areas:
Consistent with the mission of the University, the Department:
The Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences (HSLS) Department Strategic Plan 2017-2022 focuses on growth and development in clinical training, research, and clinical services. Through addressing five specific goal areas and the attainment of specific goals and their associated objectives, we seek to expand and deepen clinical training and research to influence the Gallaudet community, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and professional organizations through diverse client services, advocacy, collaboration and thought leadership.
The five HSLS Department goal areas are:
This Plan was developed over the 2016-2017 academic year by the HSLS Department strategic plan committee. This committee consisted of Department members representing different stakeholders:
The preliminary and assessment phases of the strategic planning process were conducted over two years (2014-2016) through information gathering and discussion, including:
An issues-based approach to strategic planning was adopted in order to address critical issues within the Department, at the University, and within the field.
*-As expressed by President Cordano in November 2016.
The Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences has offered graduate courses since 1957, initially as the Audiology Department.
The M.S. degree program in speech-language pathology (SLP) was established in 1987. A clinical doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) was initiated in 1998 to replace a long-standing M.S. program in audiology. The Au.D. and SLP programs have been continuously accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation since their inception.
In 2003, a Ph.D. program was added to provide a post-Au.D. terminal degree in audiology. It was revised in 2011 to be a Ph.D. program in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences, designed to prepare candidates for faculty and research positions in universities and other research facilities.
Until 2008, the Gallaudet University Hearing and Speech Center (GUHSC) followed a traditional university clinic, fee-for-service model for outpatient clients from the community. Gallaudet faculty, staff, and students received limited services free of charge. In 2008-2009 the clinic began a transformation to a health-insurance-accepting clinic, in alignment with University priorities to diversify revenue.
Over the next several years, the administrative staff expanded to support clinic operations. In the fall of 2016, the GUHSC was fully staffed with clinical speech-language pathology and audiology educators, as well as administrative support (e.g. billing and coding personnel, front-desk personnel, and a manager of administrative operations), to meet a growing clinical census and student training needs.
The HSLS Department serves many functions and responsibilities within the University:
The M.S. program in speech-language pathology provides a broad background in speech-language-hearing development, differences, and disorders with an emphasis on the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The non-clinical M.S. is an individually designed degree with master’s-level coursework without a clinical focus.
The clinical doctoral degree program in audiology (Au.D.) is designed to produce audiologists fully trained to work with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals, offering a broad and intense academic curriculum and an integrated sequential clinical experience. The program is unique in that it trains audiologists to be proficient in American Sign Language with an understanding of the deaf community.
The Ph.D. program prepares speech-language pathologists and audiologists for academic, administrative, and research careers.
Growth and excellence in hearing, speech, and language research, training, and clinical services.
The Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences (HSLS) Department offers degrees in three areas: a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.), a Clinical Doctoral Degree in Audiology (Au.D.) and a research doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences.
The mission of the HSLS Department, consistent with the mission of the University, is to:
Our vision is to be recognized as the leading center for innovative hearing and speech solutions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, while educating our community that all communication is valuable and worthy of being acknowledged and celebrated, whether it be spoken or signed, with technology or not.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive and innovative hearing, balance, speech, and language services across the lifespan to individuals within the Gallaudet University community and in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. We are committed to this mission by using state-of-the-science solutions for providing client-centered care and excellent training opportunities for our graduate students.
(University Priority: Student Success)
Goal Statement: Nurture an academic department and hearing and speech center with state-of-the-science clinical services and research laboratories in which students have the opportunity to link their academic learning with hands-on clinical experiences and research activities. In turn, this will help the Department prepare the next generation of highly-qualified professionals in speech-language pathology, audiology, and hearing, speech, and language sciences.
(University Priorities: Institutional leadership and strategic planning; Academic vitality and strategic positioning)
Goal Statement: Establish the Department as a leader in our areas of expertise on campus, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and within the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and hearing, speech, and language sciences.
(University Priority: Academic vitality and strategic positioning)
Goal Statement: Support sustainability and growth of HSLS programs (SLP, Au.D., and Ph.D.), and pursue the University’s mission by supporting faculty research and scholarly activities.
(University Priorities: Bilingualism; Campus climate, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
Goal Statement: Maintain a diverse, inclusive department that contributes to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary activities, bilingual competence, and equitable culture across the university and beyond.
(University Priority: Strengthening and diversifying revenue streams)
Goal Statement: Provide efficient, high-quality, state-of-the-art hearing, speech, and language services to improve communication and quality-of-life for individuals across the lifespan.
The Strategic Plan 2017-2022 will be implemented in stages with annual review of initiatives, actions, and outcomes.
In May of each year, between Finals week and commencement, the chair of the Department, academic directors (SLP program, Au.D. program, and Ph.D. program directors), and clinic leaders (GUHSC clinic director, manager of clinical administrative operations, clinical coordinator-SLP, and clinical coordinator-Au.D.) will meet to review the Plan. The team will review progress and outcomes from the current academic year and develop initiatives and actions plans for the following academic year.
At the first Department meeting of the following academic year (August of each year), the Department chair will present the initiatives and actions of the current academic year to the Department.
The first strategic plan initiative and action meeting took place on May 10, 2017.
In addition to annual evaluations, the Department will also conduct an annual review that compares HSLS outcomes (e.g., student outcomes, research/scholarship) to those of comparable departments at other academic institutions.
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