Standard 1.0 Administrative Structure and Governance
1.1 The applicant institution of higher education holds regional accreditation.
- SHU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Visit the Roster of NEASC Accredited Institutions.
- Visit Sacred Heart's NEASC accreditation page. Visit Sacred Heart's NEASC accreditation update.
- Accreditation and Memberships from University Catalogs
1.2 The program's mission and goals are consistent with CAA standards for entry into professional practice (3.1A and/or 3.1B) and with the mission of the institution:
- Sacred Heart University Mission
- College of Health Professions Mission Statement
- Department of Speech-Language Pathology Mission Statement
- Department of Speech-Language Pathology Core Values
1.3 The program develops and implements a long-term strategic plan.
The SLP Department has developed a strategic plan that aligns closely with the Strategic Plan of the College of Health Professions and the University.
- Department Business Plan: The current Department Chair served as a Consultant prior to the initiation of the SLP Program at SHU. This report was submitted as a product of that consultation, which served as a basis for the development of SHU’s SLP program once the current Chair was hired.
- Sacred Heart University Strategic Plan: 2011 - 2016 Strategic Plan
- College of Health Professions Strategic Plan: 2012 - 2017
- Department of Speech-Language Pathology Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018
1.4 The program's faculty has authority and responsibility for the program:
- SHU Principles of governance are found in the Faculty Handbook.
- Faculty meet regularly to develop and evaluate academic and clinical education policies and procedures. Minutes of the AY 2013-14 faculty meetings can be found here.
- The Department Curriculum Committee meets semi-monthly to refine our developing curriculum. Minutes of our first Curriculum Committee meeting can be seen here.
1.5 The individual responsible for the program(s) of professional education seeking accreditation holds a graduate degree with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology, in audiology, or in speech, language, and hearing science and holds a full-time appointment in the institution. The individual effectively leads and administers the program(s). :
- CV for Rhea Paul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Founding Director
1.6 Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program's clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner-that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.:
1.7 The program provides information about the program and the institution to students and to the public that is current, accurate, and readily available.
- SHU makes a variety of types of information available on its public website, including information on FERPA policies, values and mission, at http://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/consumerinformation/.
- Information regarding accreditation, praxis pass rates, and graduation rates for departments with accreditation from professional associations can be found at http://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/consumerinformation/accreditation/.
- Once the SLP Department has this data available they will be displayed on these pages, along with those of the other accredited departments.
- SLP Department information will also reside on the SLP website within the College of Health Professions.
- The Speech-Language Pathology Program Brochure is also available in this section of the website, as well as on paper from the Graduate Admissions Office.
- General policies regarding graduate study at SHU can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
- The Department has posted announcements of the CAA Site Visit on its website and around campus to solicit public comment.