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Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan

Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University is to enrich the lives of the people of West Virginia and the region by (1) educating ethical, responsible, and knowledgeable professionals who value compassion, acceptance, and interprofessional collaboration, (2) providing excellent evidence-based clinical services, and (3) expanding accessibility to such services.

Department Values

WELCOME: We welcome, accept, and value each person through supportive and inclusive interactions

EXPLORE: We promote inquiry utilizing evidence-based practice and research in the classroom, clinic, and laboratories.

COLLABORATE: We value and facilitate interprofessional research and collaboration.

ACCESS: We enhance access to communication, socialization, education, and vocational opportunities.

RESPECT: We respect our interactions with students, colleagues, clients, and others.

EMPOWER: We empower students, clients, and families to advocate for improved communication.

Strategic Plan

Informed by our mission, the strategic plan outlines the ways in which the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders intends to achieve its goals for the future. The values of the Department (as well as those of the College of Education and Human Services and West Virginia University) reflect the Department’s recognition that strategic planning is an ongoing process which requires ongoing evaluation and modification to address the changing internal and external needs of the Department, College, and University. Therefore, the Department annually evaluates the strategic plan at the beginning of the fall semester.

The most current strategic plan may be downloaded below. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ strategic plan includes the following goals as well as an annual update on progress toward these goals provided:

  1. Expand and improve the academic, clinical, and research experiences for the CSD Department.
  2. Increase funding opportunities for students and faculty.
  3. Increase participation in research.
  4. Increase funding opportunities for students and faculty.
  5. Increase student connection of academic knowledge and skills to clinic.
  6. Expand knowledge of professions related to communication disorders.
Download Strategic Plan