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SLP Program Strategic Plan

New York Medical College
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
STRATEGIC PLAN
for the period
January 2019-January 2021

Executive Summary

The goal of the department’s strategic plan for this reporting period is to maintain current standards of excellence in academic and clinical training as a medically based speech-language pathology program.  This plan draws on the College’s Strategic Plan (2015-2020) that outlines Seven Strategic Pathways to include:
Strategic Pathway I: Educational Excellence
Strategic Pathway II: Faculty Recruitment, Retention and Development
Strategic Pathway III: Create an environment that values, promotes and supports excellence in basic science, clinical and translational research
Strategic Pathway IV: Develop an integrated College-wide culture, that encourages efficiency, ensures accountability and that works together to achieve the vision and missions of NYMC.
Strategic Pathway V: Enhance our facilities, infrastructure, and environment to promote our tripartite mission of excellence in scholarship, research and clinical care.
Strategic Pathway VI: Excellence in our Financial Performance
Strategic Pathway VII: Continue to enhance NYMC’s contribution to the health and needs of the Hudson Valley region
The department’s strategic plan is also aligned with the School of Health Sciences and Practice Pathways to Progress (2017-2018) derived from the College’s plan and included the following:
Goal I: Outshine the Competition
Goal 2: Strengthen Fiscal Structure
Goal 3: Strengthen Support for Faculty
Goal 4: Create an Exceptional Student Experience
Using this framework, the department identified specific aspects of the College and SHSP pathways to determine goals to meet or exceed the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) Standards and ensure that the students meet the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 2020 CFCC Standards.    

New York Medical College Mission Statement

New York Medical College is a health sciences university whose purpose is to educate physicians, scientists, public health specialists, and other healthcare professionals, and to conduct biomedical and population-based research. Through its faculty and affiliated clinical partners, the College provides service to its community in an atmosphere of excellence, scholarship and professionalism. New York Medical College believes that the rich diversity of its student body and faculty is important to its mission of educating outstanding health care professionals for the multicultural world of the 21st century.

New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice Mission Statement

We prepare tomorrow’s public health leaders to preserve, protect and improve the health of individuals, families and communities through education, investigation, practice and service.

New York Medical College Department of Speech-Language Pathology Mission Statement

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology prepares skilled clinicians who are committed to evidence-based and ethical practices in the delivery of speech-language and swallowing services in health care facilities and other professional settings.  The curriculum focuses on integrating research and clinical applications across academic and clinical courses.  The department the development of inter-professional practice skills within the college and in community-based clinical practice settings.  The department promotes clinical excellence in the community through service activities and continuing professional education opportunities.  The department affirms its commitment that graduates meet the standards for clinical certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

In pursuit of achieving our Mission and to align with the College and School of Health Sciences and Practice strategic pathways and external certification standards, the department identified goals in the following areas: Education; Clinical Training; Research; Community Engagement; and Faculty Support.

Education:
The Department will:

  • Educate students to become outstanding speech-language pathologists;
  • Develop and utilize existing inter-professional education opportunities;
  • Sponsor continuing education programs for practicing clinicians and clinical educators who provide graduate student training;
  • Provide educational opportunities with a multicultural perspective through graduate and alumni programs.

(Developed in support of College Strategic Pathways I and IV; SHSP Pathways to Progress Goals 1 and 4; CAA and CFCC Standards)

Clinical Training:

The Department will:

  • Provide clinical training opportunities to ensure competence in medical speech-language pathology;
  • Broaden the clinical population/activities available through the department clinic;
  • Ensure clinical experiences across the lifespan;
  • Reinforce awareness and application of approaches to assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

(Developed in support of College Strategic Pathways I, IV and VII; SHSP Pathways to Progress Goals 1 and 4; CAA and CFCC Standards)

Research:

The Department will:

  • Promote the use of evidence-based practice principles in academic and clinical training;
  • Promote excellence in the education of speech-language pathologists through clinical research;
  • Involve interested students in faculty research.

(Developed in support of College Strategic Pathways I and III; SHSP Pathways to Progress Goals 1, 3 and 4; CAA and CFCC Standards)

Community Engagement:

The Department will:

  • Continue to provide speech-language and hearing screenings in the community;
  • Support student involvement in community-based opportunities;
  • Support student opportunities in international clinical experiences.

(Developed in support of College Strategic Pathways I, V and VII; SHSP Pathways to Progress Goals 1 and 4; CAA and CFCC Standards)

Faculty Support:

The Department will:

  • Ensure that resources are available to support faculty research activities;
  • Ensure that resources are available to support classroom teaching innovations;
  • Ensure that resources are available to support faculty continuing education;
  • Recruit faculty to support the program’s mission;
  • Streamline communication mechanism with the SHSP Dean’s Office.

(Developed in support of College Strategic Pathways I and II; SHSP Pathways to Progress Goal 3 and CAA and CFCC Standards)