Au.D. Program

Stategic Plan for 2021-2026

Our strategic plan is to increase the visibility and impact of our program in the following ways:

Recruit, retain, and mentor students who will become the leaders of tomorrow.

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Increase Student Retruitment

Objective

We will actively recruit students to our program at national meetings


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Faculty will represent our program and offer information at 1-2 national events per year

Schedule

We will track this on an annual basis.

Increase Student Involvement

Objective

We will increase student involvement in local & national organizations by encouraging them to join and become active.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Increase the number of students that join our local chapter of SAA or NSSLHA to 90%.

Schedule

2026

Provide Leadership Training

Objective

We will provide leadership training for our students.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Post leadership opportunities on campus, through student organizations, and through professional organizations.

Schedule

We will track this on an annual basis.

Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Do leadership training activities as part of 2nd year clinical education.

Schedule

We will do leadership activities every year.

Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Students participate in the mentor/mentee program in clinic.

Schedule

We will do this each semester.

Update Admissions Criteria

Objective

We will make our admissions criteria more holistic.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Update admissions criteria using recent evidence based measures to increase inclusivity.

Schedule

2021

Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Evaluate applicants using these new criteria.

Schedule

2022

Increase the diversity of the program.

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Increase Program Diversity

Objective

Increase diversity of the program by recruiting faculty and staff from under-represented minority groups.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Faculty search committee members attend mandatory campus diversity in hiring workshop.

Schedule

Annually if we have had a faculty search in that year.

Increase Student Diversity

Objective

Increase student diversity by recruiting students from institutions of higher education that are known to have significantly historically minority students.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Participate in campus efforts to contact students from under-represented minority groups, via the National Name Exchange.

Schedule

We will track this on an annual basis.

Explore Additional Student Funding

Objective

Explore ways of funding students from diverse backgrounds.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Identify students who qualify for funding opportunities during the admissions process and throughout the program.

Schedule

We will track this on an annual basis.

Develop & Implement Expanded Clinical Education Modules

Objective

Develop and implement clinical education discussion modules that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Develop clinical education modules that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Schedule

We will complete these by the end of 2021.

Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

We will implement clinical education diversity, equity and inclusion discussion modules into our clinical training.

Schedule

We will do this annually. We will track the number of students that participate in these discussion modules.

Further partnerships to promote interprofessional practice and education.

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Encourage Graduate Student Participation in WI LEND

Objective

Encourage graduate students to participate in the inter-professional Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (WI LEND) Program, and other such programs.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Increase the number of applications each year from 20% of eligible students to 40% of eligible students.

Schedule

2026

Promote Inter-professional Development

Objective

Further collaborative relationships with other departments to promote inter-professional development.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Develop 1 to 2 new interdisciplinary training (clinical and research) experiences and maintain current experiences.

Schedule

Develop new experiences by the end of 2023. Identify current relationships and keep catalogued in a centralized online location by 2023.

Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Report and discuss the number of students participating in collaborative training opportunities (clinical and research).

Schedule

We will track this on an annual basis.

Expand our visibility to the public and the universities at large.

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Expand Public Visibility

Objective

Expand our visibility to the public and the university at large through outreach, service, and newsletters that highlight accomplishments of our programs, students, and faculty.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Generate mechanism for faculty and staff to report these events to the communications specialist.

Schedule

Spring 2022

Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Post outreach, awards, and other highlights to department website and social media accounts.

Schedule

We will track these events annually.

Encourage Student Research

Objective

Encourage students to disseminate their capstone research projects.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Add a statement into the capstone syllabus about dissemination of projects.

Schedule

We will add this statement by spring of 2022.

Increase Graduate Student Involvement in Outreach Activities

Objective

Increase student involvement in outreach activities by providing opportunities for students to participate in at least one outreach activity per year during their program.


Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Offer multiple opportunities for students through student organizations and department programs.

Schedule

We will track this annually.

Strategies for attainment of goals and objectives

Report the number of outreach events and attendance-provide data during a faculty meeting.

Schedule

We will track this annually.

Au.D. CAA Accreditation Statement

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in Audiology at The University of Wisconsin is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.

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