West Texas A&M University

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Department of Communication Disorders Mission Statement and Strategic Plan

Department of Communication Disorders

Mission Statement and Strategic Plan 

Vision of Communication Disorders at WTAMU

It is the vision of Communication Disorders at WTAMU to be recognized as the most sought our communication disorders program in the region.

Mission of Communication Disorders

It is the mission of the Communication Disorders Department at West Texas A&M University to

  • Facilitate learning the knowledge and skills underlying communication sciences and disorders
  • To prepare students for careers in speech-language pathology
  • To fulfill the need for speech-language pathologists in the Texas Panhandle, the state, and the nation
  • To educate students in the use of evidence-based research integrating critical thinking and clinical problem solving skills
  • To practice professionally and ethically, based on the Code of Ethics and our Scope of Practice
  • To cultivate interprofessional relationships
  • To value the cultural differences of the clients and families we serve
  • To advance the knowledge in the fields of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing
  • To encourage life-long professional learning throughout their careers 

Strategic Plan for Communication Disorders

To achieve our vision of the future, the Department of Communication Disorders has outlined a strategic plan which is informed by our mission.  The faculty routinely discuss the goals of the department as they relate to the mission of the university and ASHA.  We regularly review and update policy, curriculum, and research procedures to realize our vision.  To ensure that we are meeting the goals of our strategic plan, we analyze comprehensive exam and PRAXIS pass rates, admission requirements, curriculum needs, student exit surveys/interviews, and alumni and employer surveys/interviews.  

Our program goals are:

  1. To provide evidence-based curriculum
    • We commit to review textbooks at least every two years for new adoptions to stay current with research and based practice
    • We commit to complete continuing education courses that focus on our curriculum and clinical practice
  2. To provide clinical practicum that will produce competent clinicians.
    • We commit to offer internal and external experiences in educational and medical settings across the lifespan
  3. To prepare students to be critical thinkers.
    • We commit to providing students with opportunities to incorporate academic knowledge into clinical experiences as measured by clinical performance evaluations
  4. To provide an undergraduate education that adequately prepares students for nation-wide graduate programs.
    • We maintain a second admissions policy for undergraduate students
    • We commit to maintain rigorous coursework at this level
  5. To provide a well-rounded faculty.
    • We commit to increase the breadth and depth of our faculty to include Master's level and tenure track Ph.D. educators who are research oriented and who possess varied clinical backgrounds.