Values

Equity and Ethics – Inclusive Spirit – Cultural Sensitivity – Leadership – Community Engagement and Service – Access and Opportunity – Person Centered Care – Wellness – Compassion – Research – Collaboration and Interprofessional Education – Innovation

Mission Statement

The USC M.S. Speech-Language Pathology Program is dedicated to providing engaging and innovative academic and clinical education to prepare speech-language pathologists with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Provide evidence-based and culturally-sensitive services to persons with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan;
  • Engage in interprofessional and collaborative practice for the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of those in their care, and
  • Advocate for persons with communication and swallowing disorders, their families and the profession with an inquisitive mindset to ensure the pursuit of life-long learning regarding advancements in the field.

Strategic Priorities

  • Goal

    CAA Initial Accreditation Approval

    Strategic Objectives

    1. Approval of CAA Annual Reports submitted 8/1
    2. Address concerns raised by CAA
    3. Submit Application for Initial Accreditation
    4. Initial Accreditation Approval
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Issues (Barriers)

    1. Time to work on reports for CAA
    2. Addressing surprises in CAA feedback
    3. Keeping up with new CAA requirements and/or changes
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Baseline

    1. Approval of first Annual Report 2022
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Desired Outcomes

    1. CAA Initial Accreditation Approved
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
  • Goal

    Exceptional Preparation resulting in a variety of career options

    Strategic Objectives

    1. Build more clinical placements in health care and private practice
    2. Alignment of academic training and clinical opportunities
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Issues (Barriers)

    1. Geographic area large making access difficult for students and faculty in some areas
    2. Health care settings limited in the number of student placements they will take, including number of students they can take for placement
    3. Time for academic faculty to connect with clinical educators to ensure application of skills
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Baseline

    1. Robust academic requirements
    2. Estimated 125 clinical placements
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Baseline

    1. Robust academic requirements
    2. Estimated 125 clinical placements
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Desired Outcomes

    1. Increase health care placements
    2. Increase private practice placements
    3. Increase number and variety of clinical opportunities.
    4. Support Student specialization and employment opportunities
    5. More academic and clinical connections
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

     

  • Goal

    Expand the USC MS-SLP Student Experience through program traditions and engagement with the KSOM and the USC community

    Strategic Objectives

    1. Increase Access to Well-Being Resources
    2. Increase Faculty Training and Resources to support students
    3. Identify opportunities to expand experiences unique to USC program
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Issues (Barriers)

    1. Time limitations for both faculty and students
    2. Awareness of our program throughout university and Health Sciences
    3. Limitations of resources
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Baseline

    1. KSOM Wellbeing Survey for SLP showing high level of burnout, although high level of engagement in their studies
    2. Participation on KSOM Learner Wellbeing Committee (Students and Faculty)
    3. Increased number of faculty to make connections
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Desired Outcomes

    1. Develop Well-being plan for MS SLP
    2. Dedicated time to promote program within other programs
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
  • Goal

    Local, State and National Program Recognition through Increased Outreach to USC, KSOM and CSD Community

    Strategic Objectives

    1. Identify opportunities to expand community outreach
    2. Build stronger presence w/ USC, KSOM, Keck
    3. Establishing Mechanisms for Post-Grad engagement such as Alumni network/USC Professional Network/Outreach to former USC CSD Alums
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Issues (Barriers)

    1. New Program
    2. Large institution
    3. Time constraints for outreach and networking due to other responsibilities
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Baseline

    1. IPE Day Participation and Faculty Planning
    2. New NSSHLA Chapter
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Desired Outcomes

    1. Initiate training opportunities for clinical educators and CSD community
    2. Host One Professional Conference Annually
    3. Establish Alumni Club
    4. Increased faculty participation on KSOM committees
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
  • Goal

    Connect the MS-SLP Program to Academic, Research and Clinical Opportunities within the University and KSOM, including scholarship support

    Strategic Objectives

    1. Scholarships
      • Connect with Donors
      • Funding -Development Fundraisers
    2. Investigate funding resources from UPC for KSOM
    3. Explore resources for faculty research
    4. Ways to involve students in presenting capstone research
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Issues (Barriers)

    1. No Scholarships
    2. Time to work on this
    3. No dedicated time for research for faculty
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Baseline

    1. Dean’s Scholarship 2023
    2. Education Fund for MS SLP Established
    3. Growing faculty engagement with researchers
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

    Desired Outcomes

    1. Create information on Scholarships and other Financial Aid resources for students
    2. Build Student Education Fund
    2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026

Mechanism for Regular Evaluation of the Strategic Plan

The Faculty of the MS-Speech-Language Pathology Program will review the strategies and goals twice a year (September and April) at a meeting established for this purpose. The Plan will also be reviewed at the Annual Advisory meeting (October) and annually at an OHNS SLP Faculty meeting (November). An annual report on the strategic plan progress will be written in January and provided to the Chair of OHNS and Dean and Vice Deans of the KSOM. In addition, the report will be posted to the website.