2012-13 Strategic Plan


To mold excellent students into exception speech-language pathologists who positively impact their profession, communities, and clients.


  1. Will enroll students in the following communication disorders programs:
    1. Graduate program in speech-language pathology will open Fall 2013.
    2. Graduate program in audiology will open Fall 2014.
    3. Sign Language Interpreter program will open Fall 2013.
    4. SLPA program will open Fall 2015.
  2. Apply for and obtain Candidacy accreditation status by August 2013.
  3. The Department promotes diversity within students and faculty.
    1. Recruit and retain first generation college students and other diverse groups
    2. Recruit and retain a diverse faculty
  4. Participate in the advanced planning of the new Health Professions building so as to optimize space utilization.


  1. Recruit 7-10 highly-qualified faculty in areas of expertise that complement existing faculty prior to the initiation date of each program by December 2015.
  2. Develop a mentoring process to advocate for new and existing faculty, assisting them to move towards tenure and promotion by December 2013.
  3. All staff will attend at least one professional development opportunity annually (within GVSU, the state, and national).


  1. 100% of our students will pass the state and national examinations and qualify for state and national credentials.
  2. By the end of each clinical placement, students will achieve a score of 80% or better on the placement rubric.
    1. Clinical Placement Rubric will be developed by April 2013.
    2. Knowledge and skills data will be assessed through supervisory rubric to be developed by April 2013.


  1. Develop an AAC assessment facility in conjunction with the occupational therapy department by 2015.
  2. Develop a Voice Assessment laboratory and quarterly voice clinic by Fall, 2013.
  3. Develop a hearing assessment laboratory by Fall, 2013.
  4. Develop a listening laboratory by Fall, 2014.
    1. Obtain Simulation Center activities to be used with ABR, evoked potential and variety of ear disorders
    2. Develop a series of videos for assessment and learning activities.
  5. Create a series of videos appropriate for receptive and expressive sign language activities using the Simulation Center by Fall, 2013.
    1. Maximize the use of the Simulation Center for Sign Language Interpreting.
  6. Develop Centers of Excellence in areas of faculty expertise (e.g.  NDT; sensory integration; swallowing; animal-assisted therapy; head and neck cancer; language cognition, and literacy; etc)
  7. Create a sign-language interpreter Center of Excellence focusing on multiple interpreter venues (e.g., entertainment, legal, educational, medical, social services, mental health).
  8. Host annual colloquia for continuing education for sign language interpreters, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.
  9. Organize continuing education (CE) opportunities for affiliated supervisors by Fall, 2015.

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