Program Goals and Objectives

CD Graduate Program 5 Year Strategic Plan 2011 – 2016

Goal 1 To be nationally and internationally recognized for its academic programs at all academic levels  (Living the Vision Goal #1)

Objective 1 – Attract increasing numbers of well qualified students.

  • Strategy 1 – Make presentations to NMSU honors college freshman year.
  • Strategy 2 – Guarantee Graduate Assistant position to highest GPA student
  • Strategy 3 – Provide support for students to publish with faculty yearly
  • Strategy 4 – Develop a graduate school brochure and disseminate to National NSSLHA
  • Strategy 5 – Update website to appeal to Generation Z students

Objective 2 – Enroll a competitive portion of in-state two year institutions, out of state, international and graduate students.

  • Strategy 1 – Enroll at least one out-of-state student yearly
  • Strategy 2 – Recruit International students to graduate program and enroll one in next three years
  • Strategy 3 – Enroll at least 80% of the top 25 students admitted to graduate program

Objective 3 – Increase access to academic degree programs through distance education.

  • Strategy 1 – Provide Communication Disorders course online with UNM, Dr. Rodriquez
  • Strategy 2—Develop bilingual specialization online—all three classes
  • Strategy 3 – Compete for Cultural Competence Grant monies by Identification of a Grant that will provide support
  • Strategy 4 – Provide hybrid program for final semester of graduate school with online / on campus options.
  • Strategy 5:  Provide phonetics class as partial online option

Objective 4 – Increase retention and graduation rates

  • Strategy 1 – 98% graduation rate for graduate cohort over 5 years
  • Strategy 2 – 98% retention rate for graduate cohort over 5 years

Objective 5 – Maintain excellent laboratory and clinical resources for training and teaching

  • Strategy 1 – Maintain state-of-the art laboratory equipment for teaching of science-based courses
  • Strategy 2 – Maintain state-of-the art clinical resources for teaching and practice
  • Strategy 3 – Maintain state-of-the art clinical space for student training and patient care.

Goal 2  To have high quality, diverse faculty, staff and student body at all academic levels  (President’s Goal 1)

Objective 1 – Increase diversity among students, staff and faculty

  • Strategy 1 – Tenure current diverse faculty over next 5 years.
  • Strategy 2 – Admit at least 5 bilingual students to graduate cohort yearly.
  • Strategy 3 – Admit at least 5 culturally diverse students to graduate cohort yearly
  • Strategy 4 – Retain current culturally sensitive clinic office secretary
  • Strategy 5 – Hire one bilingual (Spanish) full time supervisor

Objective 2 – Attract and tenure faculty with terminal degree and provide competitive compensation packages

  • Strategy 1 – Tenure one faculty in 2012
  • Strategy 2 – Tenure one faculty in 2015
  • Strategy 3 –  Tenure three faculty in 2016

Objective 3 – Provide faculty in adequate numbers to assure quality teaching and academic support.

  • Strategy 1 – Retain six current tenure track faculty
  • Strategy 2- Hire one full time 12 month clinic coordinator
  • Strategy 3 – Hire two full time 9 month clinical supervisors.  One being bilingual.
  • Strategy 4 – Hire current ½ time college associate professor audiologist to full time within two years

Objective 4 – Provide affordable educational opportunities to New Mexicans.

  • Strategy 1 – Provide 10 Graduate Assistantships to graduate students yearly.
  • Strategy 2 – Provide 5 (five) $500 travel scholarships for presentation of student research yearly

Goal 3 – To be nationally and internationally recognized in research and creative activity.   (President’s Goal #3)

Objective 1 –  Increase discipline specific culture activity

  • Strategy 1 – Up to four tenure track faculty to present each year at ASHA Convention
  • Strategy 2 – At least one student or faculty presentation at local, state or surrounding areas
  • Strategy 3 – At least one international presentation in next five years

Strategy 4 – At least 3 peer review articles, book chapters, non peer reviewed papers published yearly.

Objective 2 –   Obtain increasing levels of external funding for research

  • Strategy 1 – Obtain at least one NMSU research funding support yearly
  • Strategy 2 – Submit proposal for new line of external research funding
  • Strategy 3 – Receive one minority project grant from ASHA within two years
  • Strategy 4 – Obtain one NIH grant within 3 years

Objective 3 – Develop and support nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary areas of excellence

  • Strategy 1 – Develop area of excellence in bilingual interpreter training
  • Strategy 2 – Develop area of excellence in Traumatic Brain Injury research for Wounded Warriors
  • Strategy 3 – Develop areas of excellence in cleft palate
  • Strategy 4 – Develop areas of excellence in cochlear implants
  • Strategy 5—Develop national area of excellence in bilingual speech language pathologist training

Goal 4   To serve as an engine for economic, social, educational and community development (President’s Goal #4 and #5)

Objective 1 – Increase education level and earning power of New Mexicans

  • Strategy 1 – Increase number of graduate students by 3 each year over the next 5 years with accompanying clinic supervisor support
  • Strategy 2 –  Increase number of undergraduate Communication Disorder majors to 200 over next five years

Objective 2 –  Increase technology transferred from University research and create active New Mexico businesses

  • Strategy 1 – Transfer MRI / VP technology to be used by surgeons in cleft palate area
  • Strategy 2 – Transfer expertise areas in working with hard of hearing/Deaf children to regional and national entities
  • Strategy 3 – Transfer computerized learning principles to New Mexico  schools and Speech and Hearing facilities

Objective 3 – Increase extension and outreach facilitating economic, social, education and community development

  • Strategy 1 – Share college faculty supervisor with Las Cruces Public Schools paid by LCPS
  • Strategy 2 – Partner with Rotary Clubs of Las Cruces to support student international experiences
  • Strategy 3 – Establish NMSU Cleft Palate Clinic as independent clinic of excellence for community
  • Strategy 4 – Expand and strengthen SNAP outreach in Southern New Mexico
  • Strategy 5 – Develop Communications Disorders program as bridge to professional community for training through Tri Unity Conference.
  • Strategy 6 – Provide indirect community training through professional mentoring for clinical cases
  • Strategy 7 – Develop professional lending library of ASHA CEU poducts as a community resource.

Goal 5 To be an excellent steward of all resources (Presidents Goal #6)

Objective 1 – Increase the Endowment

  • Strategy 1 – Increase the Garret Foundation by at least $5000 annually by alumni solicitation
  • Strategy 2 – Solicit at least two large independent gifts of $50,000 plus yearly

Objective 2 – Appropriately allocate resources for instruction, research, search and administration

  • Strategy 1 – Increase clinic revenues by $1000 yearly for 5 years by increasing prices and offering at least two summer camps
  • Strategy 2 – Increase Farmer Fund by $1000 yearly by an annual holiday giving campaign

Objective 3 –   Obtain increasing levels of instructional funding

  • Strategy 1 – Develop private practice incubator for communication disorders professionals to share revenues with the clinic to be used for student scholarships.
  • Strategy 2 – Develop hearing aid practice and increase clinic revenues to be used for clinic supervisors.

Goal 6     To develop a culture of pride (President’s Goal #7)

Objective 1 –  Identify core values of department

  • Strategy 1 – Place core values on bookmarkers to be distributed
  • Strategy 2 – Place large banner of core values in clinic
  • Strategy 3 –  Imbed core values in all teaching, research, clinical practice and communication with students

Objective 2 –  Develop a program image and slogan

  • Strategy 1 – Undergraduate student contest to develop an image, slogan and song
  • Strategy 2 – Graduate student contest to develop an image, slogan and song
  • Strategy 3 – Develop new program and clinic brochures and include image and slogan

Objective 3 – Promote / highlight graduate and undergraduate faculty and student strengths

  • Strategy 1 – Monthly lunch with program director for randomly selected student in senior class
  • Strategy 2 – Movie and Pizza with faculty twice a year on campus
  • Strategy 3 – Pride in NSSLHA
  • Strategy 4 – Student bulletin board with student pictures

NMSU Living the Vision – Goals and Objectives NMSU President’s Goals for Success