CMDS Strategic Plan

Truman State University
Communication Disorders
Strategic Plan 2014-2019

Goal 1:  Continue to explore opportunities to participate in activities and initiatives that are central to the mission of the School of Health Sciences and Education and Truman State University

Strategy 1: Continue to support Mexico study abroad/service learning opportunity for CMDS students and faculty (CMDS Mex 510/510G).
Strategy 2: Provide more successful support for minority students who wish to major in CMDS and potentially pursue graduate study.
Strategy 3: Continue to lead and participate in activities associated with school and university focus on health awareness and healthy lifestyle (e.g., hearing conservation, mental health awareness).
Strategy 4: Initiate faculty development opportunities that emphasize awareness of communication disorders in the context of a liberal arts and sciences education and how to help students/advisees understand and appreciate their liberal arts and sciences experience.

Goal 2:  Enhance our academic, advising, and transformative culture
Strategy 1:
Maintain department-level resources to support student success (e.g., CMDS Study Hall (undergrad and graduate), Recharge Center, special opportunities).
Strategy 2:
Create and utilize a package of CMDS advising resources that is readily accessible to all CMDS advisors (plan of study guides, advising wrapper, reminders for each class level, suggestions for letters of recommendation, info about minors, graduate school applications, university resources re: academic excellence, counseling, student health, stress management, time management, etc.).
Strategy 3:
Explore and develop alternative potential high impact experiences for CMDS majors who may be weaker academically (GPA < 3.00) and/or limited financially (e.g., create new undergraduate research opportunities that are available to a greater number of CMDS students).
Strategy 4:
Evaluate our graduate comps alternative (Clinical Process Commentary) to ensure that it meets our desired outcomes re: individualized student goals and academic/clinical focus AND is sustainable with an expanded number of graduate students.
Strategy 5: Re-evaluate our CMDS Major Assessment tools (Major Portfolio, Major Survey) to ensure that we have measurable student outcomes matched up with appropriate data collection.
Strategy 6: Provide better support/guidance/opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree.

 Goal 3:  Respond to changes in our professional scope of practice
Strategy 1:
Prepare for and succeed in obtaining re-accreditation of the CMDS graduate program (2016-17).
Strategy 2: Maintain/increase activities in the area of accent modification and encourage student participation in foreign language courses and extracurricular opportunities.
Strategy 3: Increase opportunities for students to provide and observe clinical services with Spanish-speaking clients and persons from diverse populations throughout the Northeast Missouri community.
Strategy 4: Maintain our use of telepractice service delivery; provide basic telehealth training to every graduate student.
Strategy 5: Further develop and/or maintain our relationships with K-12 schools and non-school community sites that help us provide diverse opportunities for clinical practice.
Strategy 6: Maintain the excellent relationships we have with many external clinical sites that accept Truman CMDS interns.
Strategy 7: Explore the development of a course in mentoring/supervising that would involve utilizing graduate students as resources for the undergraduate students in the program.

Goal 4: Enhance program visibility and importance
Strategy 1:
Encourage faculty and student research, presentation, and publication.
Strategy 2: Encourage faculty and student participation in continuing education events and conferences.
Strategy 3: Encourage faculty and student service to the discipline at the School, University, state, national and international levels.
Strategy 4: Recruit graduate students from a variety of undergraduate institutions and geographic locations.
Strategy 5: Create more opportunities for students to interact and network with alumni.

Goal 5: Explore opportunities to increase/maximize program resources
Strategy 1:
Routinely evaluate the level of program support (resources, faculty, staff) to determine if it is sufficient to meet the mission/objectives of the department and degree programs. Consider and invest in faculty/staff development and efficiency strategies (e.g., mechanizing tallying of clinic consumer evaluations, course evaluations).
Strategy 2: Plan and implement smooth transition of department leadership (2016-2017) and ensure sufficient number of tenured and tenure-track faculty.
Strategy 3: Develop strategies to enhance the experiences students have working for scholarships/assistantships to provide meaningful learning opportunities and increase support to the program.
Strategy 4: Develop and maintain partnerships with external constituencies that support the program and clinic – continue to maintain and solicit CMDS Development Fund donations.
Strategy 5: Explore potential additional revenue streams, including possible offering of online courses.