Communication Disorders and Sciences Strategic Plan for 2008-2013

Communication Disorders and Sciences Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department is to effectively prepare students to meet the challenges of our professions by providing quality instruction, curricular offerings and modeling/mentoring, which reflect our diverse society and are in accordance with the highest standards of our professions.

Our mission includes providing quality services to the community by operating a state-of-the-art speech and hearing center as well as promoting research in the speech/language and audiology fields, and by offering quality continuing education programs.

We believe that all persons are entitled to actively engage in their personal, professional and academic growth in an inclusive, supportive environment.

Division of Education, Health, and Human Services Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Education, Health, and Human Services is to prepare students for positions in their respective fields, to provide a learning environment that fosters growth and development, and to inculcate creative, critical, and humane thinking.

Objective 1: Address personnel shortages at university, state, and national levels to maintain high quality education and service in speech-language pathology and audiology

SUNY Plattsburgh Mission Statement

SUNY Plattsburgh prepares a diverse student population for a wide range of professional careers by providing undergraduates with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, graduate students with advanced professional preparation, and all students with a commitment to academic excellence, ethical values, lifelong learning, and responsible citizenship within a global community. The College takes advantage of the natural surroundings, Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, in selected academic programs and courses, in recreational activities and in community involvement and services.

Objective 1: Maintain Viability of the Communication Disorders and Sciences Program


The department will maintain compliance with national and state standards of accreditation and certification, and procure sufficient staffing and financial resources to operate the department and the clinic.


  1. continue to provide a high quality educational program that will be re-accredited by ASHA's Council of Academic Accreditation;
  2. continue to provide all needed requirements to guarantee ASHA certification eligibility for their Master's degree graduates;
  3. continue to provide all needed requirements to guarantee New York State Licensure eligibility for the Master's degree graduates;
  4. continue to provide all needed requirements for other states or Canadian provinces to meet individual student's goals;
  5. continue to provide all needed requirements to guarantee TSLD eligibility for the Master's degree graduates seeking teaching certification;
  6. advocate effectively to maintain the current level of faculty and staff positions and for the successful replacement open positions;
  7. sustain financial resources by communicating effectively with the university administration for the need of sufficient funds and by managing effectively the on-campus Speech and Language Clinic;
  8. sustain financial resources to support technology and equipment;
  9. maintain the high quality clinical service provided to the local community; and
  10. maintain client recruitment efforts.

Outcome Measures (2013):

  1. successful ASHA reaccreditation;
  2. percentage of students eligible for ASHA certification as shown by the Graduation Checklist;
  3. percentage of students eligible for NY State licensure as shown by the Graduation Checklist;
  4. number of students fulfilling the requirements for other states or Canadian provinces;
  5. percentage of students eligible for TSLD certification as shown by the Graduation Checklist;
  6. number of faculty and staff employed by the CDS department;
  7. amount of funds available annually for the CDS budget;
  8. number of equipment items purchased annually;
  9. total number of clients served by the Speech and Hearing Clinic; and
  10. number of advertising and outreach initiatives measured annually.

Objective 2: Maintain High Quality Education in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology


The department will provide the students with the highest quality educational program and learning opportunities, as well as the highest quality clinical experiences and learning both on- and off-campus, in a supportive environment.


  1. provide specific student learning outcomes in all courses to harmonize learning objectives with ASHA's knowledge and skills categories;
  2. integrate EBP information in courses and clinical experiences;
  3. formalize a writing sequence to maximize student competency;
  4. refine academic/clinical integration to maximize continuity of learning between theory and practice by reviewing the current academic model;
  5. increase reliance on technology tools to maximize student learning;
  6. provide continuing education opportunities for students and area professionals;
  7. encourage faculty continuing education activities and support faculty and student attendance at conventions;
  8. stimulate faculty/student collaborative research;
  9. increase the number and variety of clinical experiences for students by expanding clinic schedule and increasing the variety of clients;
  10. maintain recruitment efforts to attract quality and diverse students;
  11. interface with off-campus supervisors to facilitate transition between on- and off campus clinical learning for students;
  12. encourage faculty/student communication by maintaining an open-door policy, organize regular student/faculty meetings and activities, and encourage the presence of an elected student representative during faculty meetings;
  13. assess student learning through a variety of summative and formative assessment tools; and
  14. assess program quality through exit interviews, and alumni and employer surveys.

Outcome Measures (2013):

  1. department maintains an updated document integrating course SLOs with current KASA form;
  2. percentage of students with successfully completed KASA form and Graduation Checklist;
  3. use of EBP information in all clinical reports;
  4. successful implementation of a writing sequence and student feedback regarding writing skills in e-portfolio and exit interview;
  5. number of successful amendments to the current academic model;
  6. number of courses with an on-line component;
  7. number of students with successful e-portfolios;
  8. number of CE opportunity events provided by the department;
  9. number of faculty and students who attended conventions/meetings/workshops;
  10. number of research projects undertaken;
  11. successful implementation of flexible clinic schedule changes;
  12. number of clients served with difficult to obtain communication disorders: voice, stuttering, AAC;
  13. number of multicultural clients served;
  14. number of advertising and outreach initiatives measured annually;
  15. number of contacts with off-campus supervisors for the purpose of training;
  16. student feedback through exit interviews;
  17. number of summative and formative assessment tools used; and
  18. number of exit interviews and alumni and employer surveys returned.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about communication disorders and sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact:

Raymond Domenico, Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 226
Phone: (518) 564-3154

SUNY Plattsburgh
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Sibley Hall 226
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901