Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) 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 disorders and differences.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is a nationally-accredited clinical training program with the potential of expanding to support the growing needs of people across the lifespan who have communication disorders.  According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate of audiologists and speech-language pathologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.

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

  • Develop sustainable community partnerships;
  • Improve infrastructure to allow for expansion of clinical opportunities;
  • Diversify our student body;
  • Expand interprofessional and international collaborations to explore research and clinical interests of faculty and students; and
The CSD department’s mission and vision align with the University’s Husky Compact.  The Husky Compact represents St. Cloud State’s goal of having each student, who graduates from this institution, live out the following action items.

Think Creatively and Critically
The ability to think creatively and critically is core to overcoming challenges.

Seek and Apply Knowledge
Encouraging independence, informed decision making, open-mindedness and motivation.

Communicate Effectively
Relationship building, conflict resolution, proficiency in teamwork - all require effective communication.

Integrate Existing and Evolving Technologies
Technology is used every-day to improve efficiency, better balance work/life and access information.

Engage as a Member of a Diverse and Multicultural World
We are members of a global society impacted by a global economy.

Act with Personal Integrity and Civic Responsibility
Nurturing ethical and productive difference-makers.

The St. Cloud State University Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is committed to the University’s Husky Compact.

  • Within our curriculum, we strive to increase our students’ ability to integrate knowledge from the classroom, to think critically, and to apply their knowledge to their clinical practice.
  • We are committed to diversifying our undergraduate and graduate student body by offering various curricular opportunities to our state two-year institutions and increasing our undergraduate on-line course offerings, found to appeal to a wider, and more diverse, audience.
  • We will extend our commitment to diversify to our clinical practicum and internship opportunities.  In the coming years, we will cultivate new partnerships with stakeholders, that include underrepresented groups, by providing clinical services to those communities through face-to-face interactions and exploring tele-practice options so that we reach the most remote, rural, and underserved communities.  
  • Our faculty are committed to growing our program and mentoring our students, with the appropriate supports in place. These supports include, but are not limited to, appropriate financial, faculty, technology and space allocations.

A copy of the strategic plan is available upon request.

Strategic Plan with Timelines


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  • Faculty will participate in a curriculum retreat to align course and clinic assignments and workload.  Retreat will include all faculty and will occur during the fall of 2019.  The goal of alignment is to reduce the course and clinic workload for students while still maintaining the rigor. Review progress fall 2019.
  • Faculty will maintain and advocate for our GA allocation as an annual occurrence.  Each year the GA student job description is reviewed to ensure that students are focusing on 1) teaching courses; 2) teaching labs; and 3) research.  GA positions are great recruitment tools to encourage the strongest students to join our graduate program.  The graduate director will take the lead on advocating while the rest of the faculty will participate in maintaining the positions that will prepare our students for the workforce.  Review spring 2019.
  • All faculty will have completed training in on-line teaching and will implement on-line teaching techniques in one undergraduate course by the fall of 2019. The department will plan carefully for a roll-out of on-line courses.  Review August 2020.
  • CSD Department faculty value bilingualism and therefore will assess how to infuse bilingualism into courses as a part of our University assessment plan. Review fall of 2020. Pending review, a stand-alone course may be created.

Alignment with University Husky Compact



  • In order to diversify our client population, the Clinic Services Coordinator and faculty will seek out new clinical practicum placements; specifically, with diverse communities.  Review spring 2019.
  • New Clinic Director was implemented summer 2018.  The departmet has requested additional reassign time for the director to meet the needs of our students and to maintain certification standards.  Review spring 2019.
  • Clinic Services Coordinator and faculty will actively recruit more clinical supervisors.  Review fall 2019.
  • Investigate innovative methods of funding technology for use in clinical practicum.  Technology includes, but is not limited to, iPads and clinical observation equipment.  Faculty has started the process to lease iPads for clinical use.  Department is working on differential tuition to better support the students’ and departments’ technology needs.  Review fall 2020.
  • Faculty have decided to pilot an EMR system for summer clinic 2019.  Review fall 2019. 

Alignment with University Husky Compact



  • Faculty will propose to hire a new probationary faculty member for fall 2018 to ensure faculty sufficiency.  Probationary line was approved and the search process is underway.  Review spring 2019.
  • Develop a plan to cover departmental responsibilities with two pending retirements to ensure faculty sufficiency.   Review fall 2019.
  • Develop a plan for Dr. Mathew to obtain her CCCs.  Review fall 2020.
  • Plan and implement an assessment retreat to focus on the calibration of the grading system in Calipso.  Review spring 2019.
  • Encourage faculty to apply for the Jack and Phyllis funding, Miller Scholar, Hellkervich for course release to focus on research.  Review fall 2019.

Alignment with University Husky Compact



  • Faculty will identify and attend trainings that address how to support students in their on-line learning, students who are CLD, and students who are not going on to graduate school.  Review fall 2019.
  • Department faculty will continue to advocate for GA positions as referenced previously in this document.  Review Spring 2019.

Alignment with University Husky Compact

Physical Space


  • Department faculty will work with Dean to address our increasing need for space, particularly when serving adults in a clinical group setting.  Review fall 2019.

Alignment with University Husky Compact

Overall Program


  • Department faculty will continue to advocate for hiring faculty to grow our graduate program.  We will use our strategic planning and assessment data to support our hiring requests.  Review fall 2019.
  • Based on community feedback and program viability data, stackable credentials will be developed and marketed, by a departmental committee, to Criminal Justice, Community health, Special education, and other disciplines.  Review fall 2020.

Alignment with University Husky Compact