Program Strategic Plan
Goal 1. Consistent with the strategic initiative of the University of Texas at El Paso pursuit of
Tier 1 research recognition and the College of Health Sciences’ Research Capacity
the Speech Language Pathology program will:
- The SLP program faculty will continue to reach out and improve visibility in the El Paso professional community with CE opportunities; we will schedule two this year.
- The SLP program faculty will continue active participation in program evaluation and improvement as described by Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). All issues dealing with the accreditation and functioning of the SLP program are addressed during regularly scheduled biweekly faculty meetings and additional meetings as needed. Consensus decisions that result in desired outcomes are always the goal. Any differences of opinion are always respected. The true test of any faculty decision is an empirical one, the test of time will help faculty determine the success of their decisions.
- Program will continue to pursue self-evaluation to ensure compliance with CAA Standards. Each faculty member will be assigned accreditation topics to be addressed. The results of these efforts will be discussed during faculty meetings. The SLP program was re-accredited in March 2012 for the next eight years.
Goal 2. Student Outcomes. Speech Language Pathology program will provide the highest
quality classroom and clinical instruction, and research experience to allow graduates
to function at the highest level as a speech language pathologist in all professional
- The SLP program faculty will continue to implement the Block Scheduling
(BS) program, and administer a questionnaire to assess the satisfaction of the
SLP faculty and students participating in the Block Scheduling program.
- The SLP program faculty will continue to review and modify as necessary our UTEP Knowledge and Clinical Competencies.
- Faculty will specifically address the quality assurance program measures to assess our partners’ view of our success in educating speech-language pathology students to be outstanding members of the speech-language pathology profession.
- The SLP program faculty will continue to review and modify the undergraduate prerequisite courses to ensure they are complying with the latest research and evidence based practices.
- The SLP program faculty decided to offer the following two courses in alternating academic years; SPLP5376 Multicultural/Multilingual Issues in CD: a Hispanic Focus, and SPLP5372 Problems & Projects: Structure of Spanish Language in C.D. and teach in the evening to accommodate students completing externships outside the geographic area.
- The SLP program faculty will continue to discuss changing the name of the Dysphagia course to Aero-Digestive System and add course content for cleft palate, head and neck cancer.
- The SLP program faculty will continue to discuss modifications to Capstone paper procedure. Possibly requiring that drafts be updated each semester as a requirement in one of the graduate courses each semester. Establish deadlines for students to hand in drafts to their Capstone advisor.
Goal 3. Student Outcomes and Enrollment. Improve the admission and graduate retention rates
in the program.
- The program has successfully increased the enrollment 15% over the past two years. Our goal is to continue to admit 21 applicants a year.
- Maintain a graduate student retention rate of 85%.
- The program will continue to recruit and encourage application for the graduate program from students outside the El Paso geographic area.
- Faculty will mentor students by addressing any academic or personal needs as feasible.
- Provide adequate financial assistance to graduate students.
- The SLP program will initiate Centralized Admissions System (CAS) effective September 2014. All applicants will be required to use the CAS admissions procedure.
Goal 4. Student Outcomes. Provide adequate clinical instruction
- Mr. Valles will continue to maintain sufficient number and diversity of clients to provide a range of experience for the first-year graduate students. He will also provide guidance and supervision to Ms. Crow in the maintenance and growth of our off-campus practicum sites.
- Ms. Crow will continue to edit and develop our Knowledge and Clinical Competencies. She will also maintain and increase the number and variety of off campus/community-based practicum sites for our second year graduate students clinical practicum experiences.
- The SLP program faculty will review and evaluate the voice and swallowing quality indicators with the goal of ensuring graduate students are given sufficient exposure to clients with these disorders.
Goal 5: Community Outreach.
- Invite a SLP graduate student chosen by NSSLHA to attend SLP faculty meetings to report to the NSSLHA Student Advisory Committee.
- NSSLHA officers will serve as the Student Advisory Committee (SAC). A representative of this advisory committee will be invited to attend biweekly faculty meetings. Faculty and SAC will meet at least once a semester and more frequently as needed. Since SAC representative will be present at each biweekly faculty meeting, the need for a meeting of the entire faculty and SAC is not necessary.
- The program will continue to identify and encourage a community representative to attend the faculty meetings.
- The SLP program faculty will host at least two continuing education courses per calendar year.
Goal 6. Development and External Funding.
- Develop a Plan to raise funds for the SLP program.
- The needs include a video system for the clinic, additional clinical instruments, new stroboscope system, and updated EEG system, purchase a server for storing research information for the faculty.
Research Goals: Increase Research Capacity.
Goal 1: The SLP program faculty will continue to reach out to professionals in the community to
collaborate and increase research efforts.
Goal 2: Individual Faculty Goals:
On an annual basis, each tenure-tack faculty member; Drs. Desjardins,
Taylor, Mueller, Summers, Lara, and Salvatore will address the following goals:
i Submit one manuscript for publication to a referred journal.
ii Submit one grant proposal to an outside agency, foundation, etc.
Community Service Goals: Visibility and Marketing.
Goal 1: Faculty will continue to take an active role in Faculty Senate committees, as well as
College, and Departmental level committee activities.
Goal 2: Faculty is also involved with local and state professional organizations in the areas of
continuing education, professional and legislative advocacy, scholarship, and leadership.
This year we will invite public school administrators to a meeting to review the program
curriculum, degree plan, program’s strategic plan and discuss how qualified public school
employees can pursue a MS degree in speech language pathology.
Goal 3: SLP faculty continues pro bono advocating for parents and children in IEP meetings in
the public schools as well as pro bono assessment services in their specialty areas.
Goal 4: Continue to support collaboration between SLP program speech and hearing clinic and
Silva Medical Magnet School. This collaboration is providing high school students who
have expressed interest in a career in speech-language pathology an opportunity to attain
observation hours in the clinic.
Goal 5: Continue to participate in at least 2 community health fairs each calendar year. Extend
this effort to presenting at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso.