Long Term Strategic Plan


Through national leadership in education, research, and clinical care in communication sciences and disorders, the UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders will ensure that all people with communication and swallowing disorders will be able to function at the highest level possible.


The UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders:

  • Provides exemplary educational programs that prepare the next generation of scholars, clinicians, educators, and leaders in the fields of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Conducts state-of-the-art research on the biological and developmental bases of, and real-world treatments for, communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Offers accessible, culturally competent, evidence-based clinical care for all people with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Engages in outreach activities that directly benefit professional colleagues, students, and individuals and their families in the community.

Program Description

The UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders is a preeminent department in the field of communication sciences and disorders, with faculty who are national leaders in teaching, research, and clinical care. 

Our undergraduate educational program provides students with a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied aspects of the discipline. Our Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Audiology (AuD) programs train students to provide the highest-quality evidence-based clinical care for  individuals with communication and swallowing disorders—across the lifespan. Our doctoral (PhD) and MS/PhD programs provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to become independent scholars, educators, and leaders for the future.

Our faculty perform cutting-edge biological, developmental, and clinical research that has real-world relevance for people with communication and swallowing disorders. 

Our UW Speech and Hearing Clinic provides comprehensive, affordable evaluation and treatment of communication disorders for Wisconsin residents of all ages.

Finally, our faculty engage in an impressive array of educational and clinical outreach activities for schools, families, and communities—often at low or no cost.

Operating Principles

  1. We continually expand our knowledge base as the field evolves, and adapt our curricula accordingly.
  2. We use innovative pedagogy to foster critical thinking and skills for lifelong learning in our students.
  3. We embody the Wisconsin Idea by sharing our advances and learning with the broader community in Wisconsin and beyond, and by engaging our faculty and students in public service.
  4. We value collaborations and outreach activities that provide knowledge to students and faculty in related disciplines.
  5. We believe that all persons with communication and swallowing disorders should have access to the highest-quality individualized, culturally competent, and evidence-based clinical care.

Strategic Plan

  • Generate sufficient external funds to carry out the vision and mission of our department, funds necessary to supplement a decreasing percentage contribution from the UW-Madison.  
  • Assemble and organize donors to fund a new, state-of-the-art facility that allows us to better carry out our vision and educational, research, clinical, and outreach missions.
  • Develop a brand and marketing strategy that is aligned with UW-Madison and that tells a powerful story on campus and off.
  • Develop and implement a systematic ongoing evaluation process for all programs in the department: undergraduate education, graduate education, and clinical services.
  • Nurture current and new mechanisms to enhance the collaborate culture within the department, both among faculty and students and between the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.


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