SCSD Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Communication Science and Disorders is to:

  • generate and disseminate scientific knowledge related to variety and differences in communication processes and disorders.
  • prepare students to demonstrate broad-based knowledge of communication science and skills to apply theory and research findings to clinical practice in their communities.
  • empower students to provide effective diagnostic and treatment services in a global and diverse community and utilize innovative, evidence-based approaches to support individuals with a wide variety of speech, language, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing abilities.
  • prepare leading clinical and research scientists to generate new knowledge for practicing at the top of the license.


Vision Statement

  • SCSD will improve communication outcomes and quality of life for individuals from diverse ability, socioeconomic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. To this end, we engage in innovative collaborative research; provide training to students and leadership development; and disseminate evidence-based practice to varied stakeholders including clients and their families and care partners, local educational agencies, practitioners, community partners, and research scientists.


Core Values

  • Innovation: We design, develop, and implement cutting-edge evidence-based practices.
  • Diversity: We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff and for the clients and families we serve.
  • Collaboration: We work together across disciplinary, professional, and institutional boundaries to solve complex problems to improve quality of life.


The L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic has a dual mission: (a) to provide effective community services that improve the communication abilities of individuals of all ages and (b) to provide a teaching and clinical research laboratory that seeks to develop exemplary assessment and treatment procedures for use by our students and professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology. Innovative and relevant theory development, research, and services are viewed as unitary- the academic effort, research effort, and the clinical effort all strive for one goal: the enhancement of the communicative well being of the individuals served.