Strategic Plan

Florida State University – College of Communication and Information

School of Communication Science and Disorders

2015-2020 Strategic Plan



In keeping with Florida State University’s goal to become a Top 25 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 promote communicative well-being for all. The School has identified the following priorities as being critical for the continued advancement of our program.


Priority 1: Provide excellent and relevant academic programs and experiences to ensure professional success of our undergraduate and graduate students


  • Improve record keeping (data collection) of outcomes and achievements of graduates from our undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs
    • Modify existing undergraduate exit survey to include permanent/long-term contact information and other points of interest not currently collected by August 1, 2016
    • Develop and implement post-graduation follow-up surveys to track the accomplishments of our graduates at all levels collected by August 1, 2016
    • Communicate the success of our graduates, as revealed by our survey data, to the College annually
    • The strategic planning committee recommends that this fall under the Director’s purview with input from the Chairs of the UG, G and doctoral committees
  • Evaluate and modify undergraduate and graduate curricula/programs of study to ensure consistency with recommended professional practice
    • The Curriculum Committee will evaluate the appropriateness of the course sequence and requirements of our clinical graduate training program by August 1, 2017
    • The Curriculum Committee will evaluate the appropriateness of the course sequence and requirements of our undergraduate program by the end of Year 1 of this strategic plan by August 1, 2017
    • Curriculum committee will make recommendations for change to the faculty and agreed upon changes will be implemented by August 1, 2018
    • Based on faculty feedback and exit survey data collected from the 2018 cohort (graduating in 2020), the Curriculum Committee will reassess the changes to the curricula and make recommendations to the faculty
    • Expand curriculum to include cutting-edge experiences in telepractice and bilingual/multilingual language learning disorders no later than August 1, 2018
  • Evaluate clinical practicum and externship placements in the MC and DL programs to assess the prevalence of recommended clinical and supervisory practices in CSDs
  • The curriculum committee will conduct an ongoing assessment of the prevalence of recommended and supervisory practices at our practicum sites
    • Develop a survey to assess supervisory implementation of recommended practices by October 2016
    • Pilot the survey with Fall 2016 supervisors by January 2017
    • Evaluate the results to establish a baseline by April 2017 and disseminate results to the faculty by final faculty meeting of the semester (late April 2017)
    • Modify survey based on results of the pilot and faculty feedback by August 2017
    • Send survey to supervisors following completion of each practicum experience, analyze results and discuss opportunities for improvement annually
    • Develop continuing education opportunities offered by the school to promote recommended clinical and supervisory practices
  • The Doctoral Committee will evaluate training and assessment of research experience in the doctoral program to identify opportunities for strengthening and enhancing the overall experience by August 1, 2017
  • Explore and identify new options and resources for sustainability and growth of philanthropic support over the next five years.


Priority 2: Develop and advance outstanding, collaborative and diverse clinical and academic faculty 


  • Retain current faculty with adequate resources to promote/maintain success ongoing
  • Recruit faculty with expertise in University initiatives, including successful longevity and telepractice by August 1, 2016

Request E&G funding to fully support clinical faculty and staff by August 1, 2017

  • Seek funding to develop and staff the Veterans Specialty Clinic and clinic preschool by August 1, 2018
  • Maintain high levels of research dissemination and increase externally-funded research support by 10% annually – tracked by the Faculty Evaluation Committee
  • Increase interdisciplinary collaborations with other Colleges to support the FSU’s goal of becoming a Top 25 University on an ongoing basis
  • Increase collaborations among research and clinical faculty to promote translational research on an ongoing basis
    • Each clinical team collaborates with at least 1 academic faculty and/or course each semester with corresponding academic faculty joining in a team meeting (Clinic Committee)
    • 40% of student research projects include both academic and clinical faculty (Curriculum Committee)
  • Communicate the accomplishments of our faculty and staff, particularly those related to grantsmanship, publications, and awards, to the College annually


Priority 3: Attract and maintain a diverse student body

  • Initiate faculty involvement in FSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate series, which aims to create opportunities for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and to learn more about the ways in which they can assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all
    • Diversity and Inclusion committee will learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate series and will summarize the opportunity to the faculty by August 1, 2016
    • A minimum of one faculty/staff member will become certified by August 1, 2018
    • Diversity and Inclusion certified faculty/staff will present on current issues in diversity and inclusion to faculty and staff annually – August 1, 2019-20
  • Identify student funding opportunities to support students of diverse backgrounds and students who wish to serve underrepresented populations on an ongoing basis
  • Communicate our efforts and accomplishments in promoting and supporting a diverse student body to the College annually


Priority 4: Attract and support, through diverse sources of funding, outstanding doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students in clinical graduate programs.


  • Seek/attract a doctoral student interested in studying distance learning by August 2016
  • Seek/attract a doctoral student interested in studying successful longevity by August 2016
  • Increase recruitment efforts to attract high quality applicants for the PhD program on an ongoing basis
  • Seek additional sources of external funding to support doctoral and clinical graduate students on an ongoing basis
    • Allocate funds to assure consistent student funding on an ongoing basis
  • Seek funding to attract and support post-doctoral fellows on an ongoing basis