Strategic Plan

Florida State University – College of Communication and Information

School of Communication Science and Disorders

2021-2024 Strategic Plan



In keeping with Florida State University’s goal to continue to be a Top 20 University, the overarching goal of the School of Communication Science and Disorders’ (SCSD) strategic plan is to provide a framework for expanding the national reputation and ranking of the School and to advance our mission and vision aligned with our core values. The School has identified the following priorities as being critical for the continued advancement of our program.


Priority A: Increase innovation, research engagement, and external funding 

  • Increase the number of new grant proposals
  • Increase the number of resubmissions of grant proposals
  • Diversify the agencies that we apply to for funding
  • Increase publications and citations
  • Increase the number of external awards Priority B: Attract, retain, and include a diverse study body 
  • Extend and expand recruitment efforts to students at middle school, high school, community college, and undergraduate levels including historically black colleges and universities
  • Expand efforts to increase acceptance of admissions offers by students from traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g., personal calls/emails)
  • Increase retention activities including mentoring support for retention of scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g., modules that all students take, peer mentoring)
  • Promote our functional diversity and regularly examine the branding on our web presence (SCSD site)
  • Initiate faculty involvement and presence in DIRECTO, National Black Speech Language Hearing Association, and ASHA’s Diversity and Inclusion Programs
  • Identify student funding opportunities to support students of diverse backgrounds and students who want to related specialization (scholarships, early release of GA awards for recruiting)
  • Communicate our efforts and accomplishments in promoting and supporting a diverse student body to the College regularly
  • Recruit diverse faculty as role models and mentors Priority C: Provide excellent and relevant academic programs and experiences to ensure professional success of our undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Improve data collection of outcomes and achievements of graduates from our undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs at exit and 1yr and 3 yr post-graduation to promote ongoing engagement with SCSD
  • Evaluate and modify undergraduate and graduate curricula/programs of study to ensure consistency with current professional practice
  • Expand curriculum to include cutting-edge experiences in telepractice and bilingual/multilingual language learning
  • Evaluate clinical practicum and externship placements to assess their adherence to best practices in CSDs
  • Expand training and research experience in the doctoral program and identify opportunities for strengthening and enhancing the overall experience
  • Expand and promote specialized training opportunities (e.g., certificate programs)

    Priority D: Develop and advance outstanding, collaborative, and diverse clinical and academic faculty 

  • Retain current faculty with adequate resources to promote/maintain success on an ongoing basis with less than 7% attrition.
  • Recruit faculty with expertise in specialized areas to build strengths of the program
  • Seek funding to develop and staff community collaborations and model demonstration programs
  • Maintain high levels of research dissemination and increase externally-funded research support by 10% annually.
  • Increase interdisciplinary collaborations with diverse faculty, disciplines, and institutions
  • Increase collaborations among research and clinical faculty and community partners to promote translational research on an ongoing basis.
  • Communicate the accomplishments of our faculty and staff, particularly those related to grantsmanship, publications, and awards, to the College regularly.