Speech-language Pathology Strategic Plan
Mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology Program
The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology (CSD/SLP) program at Lebanon Valley College is to support the critical thinking and reflective capacity of our students through closely mentored relationships which enable all students to grow to their potential. This departmental mission aligns with the student-centered mission of Lebanon Valley College that embraces differences and seeks to empower students with a liberal arts education. We believe in the mission of the College to provide immersive learning experiences that will aid in the development of analytical decision-making skills using reflective practice and evidence-based approaches. We educate students to be clinically and culturally competent clinicians that serve the diverse needs of people with communication and swallowing disorders. The rigorous curriculum offers courses to help students think critically and comply with ethical standards expected by those holding the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence. We encourage the students to pursue citizenship and lifelong learning.
The vision of the CSD/SLP department is to maintain full accreditation with the CAA. The CSD/SLP program seeks to be a resource and a model to support the campus and local community, prepare our students to provide the highest quality innovative and evidence-based services.
The strategic plan of the CSD/SLP department aligns with the missions and visions of the department and the college, including the commitment to reflective, evidence-based practices and pedagogies, high-impact learning experiences, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our program goals for 2023-2025 focus on critical and reflective evaluation as a result of our CAA accreditation site visit, formal measures of student success, student and community partner feedback, and continued professional development. We will expand our community collaborations through seeking expanded opportunities for externships, research collaborations, and developing and offering continuing education opportunities. Our students will benefit from increased clinical opportunities providing individual and group services in all nine major areas assessed by ASHA. We will create a culture of increased accessibility, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through systematic assessment of our recruitment and retention practices as well as increasing the affordability of our program through use of OER and offerings of fellowships and stipends. The strategic planning committee will meet monthly to evaluate our progress. Updates and progress toward our strategic plan goals will be made available to our department faculty and students each July. We appreciate the input of students and faculty to our strategic plan. If you have questions about or would like to offer feedback on our strategic plan, please e-mail one of the members of the strategic planning committee: Dr. Laura Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Michelle Scesa at email@example.com.