Standard VI: Program Resources

Standard 6.0 Program Resources

6.1 The institution provides adequate financial support to the program so that the program can achieve its stated mission and goals.

Budgetary allocations for personnel, space, equipment, research support, materials, and supplies are regular, appropriate, are detailed in the five-year new program budget and are sufficient for the program’s operations.

6.2 The program has adequate physical facilities (classrooms, offices, clinical space, research laboratories) that are accessible, appropriate, safe, and sufficient to achieve the program's mission and goals.

Program Facilities:

The SHU SLP Program is housed at the Health Science Campus at 7 Cambridge Dr. in Trumbull, CT.

The building contains classrooms shared by the programs in the College (Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Health Sciences, Health Infomatics), as well as additional shared resources including a simulation laboratory with animated mannequins, a cadaver lab, and an IT center. A dedicated laboratory for Speech-Language Pathology has been assigned and is undergoing renovation. The building is ADA compliant and handicapped-accessible.

Accommodation for the needs of persons with disabilities is consistent with the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Jandrisevits Learning Center provides a range of special learning and academic support services to all students at the University.

6.3 The program's equipment and educational/ clinical materials are appropriate and sufficient to achieve the program's mission and goals.

Equipment currently purchased includes:

Models:

  • Head with Brain Model
  • Brain with Arteries
  • Flexible Thoracic Vertebral Column
  • Flexible Cervicle Vertibral Column
  • Functional Larynx Teaching Model
  • Respiraotry Organs Model
  • Human Larynx with Tougue Model
  • Human Skull

Tests:

  • Fluharty Preschool Speech & Language Screening Test – Second Edition (FLUHARTY-2)
  • Test of Language Development-Primary, Fourth Edition (TOLD-P:4) complete kit
  • Western Aphasia Battery-Revised (WAB-R complete Kit)
  • The Apraxia Profile – complete kit
  • Test for Auditory Comprehension of Language – 3rd Edition (TACL-3)
  • Test of Written Language – Fourth Edition (TOWL-4) complete kit
  • Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation 2 (GFTA-2) complete kit
  • Children’s Communication Checklist – 2 U.S. Edition (CCC-2)
  • Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition (EVT-2) complete kit
  • Preschool Language Scales – Fifth Edition (PLS™-5) complete kit with Manipulatives
  • Structured Photographic Expressive Language Test 2 (SPELT®-3) complete kit
  • Structured Photographic Expressive Language Test – Preschool 2 complete kit
  • Test of Adolescent and Adult Language – Fourth Edition (TOAL-4) complete kit
  • Test of Language Development – Intermediate, 4th Edition (TOLD-I:4)
  • Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination–Third Edition (BDAE–3) (Includes the Boston Naming Test)
  • Scales of Cognitive Ability for Traumatic Brain Injury (SCATBI)
  • Ross Information Processing Assessment, Geriatric, Second Edition (RIPA-G:2)
  • Ross Information Processing Assessment – Second Edition (RIPA–2e)
  • Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test (CLQT)
  • ABCD: Arizona Battery for Communication Disorders of Dementia
  • RCBA-2: Reading Comprehension Battery for Aphasia
  • FDA-2: Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment — Second Edition

Hearing Screening Equipment:

  • 2 Maico MA39 Audiometers, calibrated
  • 2 Welch Allyn 3.5v Halogen Diagnostic Otoscope
  • 2 Welch Allyn 3.5v Rechargeable Handle

Calibration for two years is included with the purchase price of the audiometers. 

Additional funds are built into the next three years of the Program Budget (See new five-year program budget); as new faculty are hired, they will participate in making decisions as to how these additional equipment funds are spent, based on their teaching and research needs.

The program shares resources with the College of Health Professions, which provide access to a Cadaver Laboratory (see photo to right) and a Simulation Laboratory.

6.4 The program has access to clerical and technical staff, support services, and library and technology resources that are appropriate and sufficient to achieve the program's mission and goals.

Clerical Support: The Department has a 50% FTE Administrative Assistant and one work-study student assigned to it. As additional faculty are hired and the program grows in class size, additional support will be added (See new five-year program budget ).

Library: Extensive library resources are available to the program through the University’s Ryan Matura Library, as well as the Health Sciences Library Resources housed in the Cambridge building.

Library materials‌ have been purchased to provide adequate support for the undergraduate SLP program. As the graduate program comes on-line, additional funds are budgeted for library acquisitions.

A Communication Disorders Dome‌ subscription has also been purchased, and added to the Ryan Matura Libraries’ catalog of databases.

IT: The University provides extensive IT support, with an IT station within the Cambridge building.

Resources are addressed in the Goal 3 section of the Department Strategic Plan.

Their adequacy will be evaluated through surveys of students and faculty.