Standard 5.0 Assessment
5.1 The program conducts ongoing and systematic formative and summative assessments of the performance of its current students.
- The assessment methods used by the SLP program at SHU are summarized in the Student Handbook methods of evaluation. Clinical evaluation procedures are provided in the Student Handbook, Appendices 8 and 14.
- The Student Handbook provides information on Student Evaluation and Grading.
5.2 The program documents student progress toward completion of the graduate degree and professional credentialing requirements and makes this information available to assist students in qualifying for certification and licensure.
- The requirement for students to keep Electronic Student Portfolios through Calipso, which will be used to document and monitor progress toward completion of the degree and credentialing requirements is explained in the Student Handbook.
5.3 The program conducts regular and ongoing assessments of program effectiveness and uses the results for continuous improvement.
- Student evaluations of each course and clinical activity are collected at the end of each semester, reviewed by the relevant faculty member as the well the Department Chair, and used to plan and implement improvements in individual instructional activities.
- Once students have reached the end of the graduate program, the SLP program will collect data on program completion rate, praxis examination pass rate, and employment rate, and will make this information publicly available on its University website.
- In addition, graduating students will be asked to complete an Exit Survey regarding their experiences in the program.
- These data will be used to plan and implement program improvements that are consistent with the program’s mission and goals.
- The program will collect and evaluate data on its effectiveness in preparing students for successful employment by means of questionnaires collected annually from alumni, employers, off-site supervisors, and clients. Community input on their perception of our graduates, as well as on trends in community practice that need to be incorporated into our curriculum, will be collected through regular meetings of the SHU SLP Community Advisory Board, consisting of practitioners in the community from agencies in which our students do field placements and find employment. Data from these sources will be integrated with student evaluations to plan and implement program improvements.
5.4 The program regularly evaluates all faculty members and faculty uses the results for continuous improvement.
- The SHU Faculty Handbook states the criteria for evaluating faculty members. Faculty performance is reviewed annually by the Department Chair and Dean, using a format standard for the CHP. The Department Chair is reviewed annually by the Dean of CHP, using a standard format.