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.
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:
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.
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.