School of Health and Human Services

Mission/Vision/Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is to educate individuals in the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent and ethical speech, language and hearing professionals, and to increase awareness of and advocate for people with communication differences and disorders.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is a nationally-accredited clinical training program.  Our undergraduate and graduate programs are increasing in size.  The employment rate of audiologists and speech-language pathologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012.  Employment opportunities in health care are estimated to grow by 26% increase in central MN.

We have identified 5 opportunities for our CSD program:  expanding and enriching our community partnerships; enhancing the excellence of our curriculum; expanding opportunities for our students; and elevating our practice in the classroom and clinic.

In five years, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will:

  • Be a leader in developing community partnerships
  • Offer excellent teaching and clinical services in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Have a more diverse student body
  • Establish interdisciplinary collaborations to explore research and clinical interests of faculty and students
  • Expand curricular offerings and the methods of instruction

CSD Strategic PlaN

In 2009-10, CSD completed its Strategic Program Appraisal report. Details are available on the SCSU Strategy, Planning and Effectiveness (SPE) website.

Guiding Principles

  1. Student-centered focus
  2. Maintain CAA accreditation
  3. Community service
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