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Student & Program Assessment – University

Undergraduate Program

The COMDDE bachelor degree (BA/BS) campus and online programs primarily provide pre-professional education for entry into graduate professional programs in speech-language pathology. Most COMDDE undergraduate students go in that direction, with some ending as bachelor-prepared speech-language pathology technicians/assistants. The COMDDE bachelors’ programs also provide knowledge and skills pertaining to the graduate professional degrees in audiology and deaf education, although those programs have their own prerequisite coursework. Students graduating with a COMDDE BA/BS also gain foundational knowledge and skills relevant to further preparation for other careers in education and health services.

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of human communication sciences and disorders
  2. Introductory knowledge and skills pertaining to clinical management of communication disorders
  3. Competency in communication across spoken, written, and visual modalities
  4. Awareness of the professions of speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and deaf educator

Undergraduate COMDDE Coursework Relevant to Graduate Education in Communicative Disorders

  Biological, Neurological, & Acoustic Bases of Communication & Swallowing Psychological & Developmental Bases of Communication Linguistic & Cultural Bases of Communication Intro to Disorders of Communication & Swallowing Basic Audiology Intro to SLP Assessment & Treatment
COMD 2600 Intro   X X X X X X
COMD 3100 Speech Science X          
COMD 3010 American Sign Language 1     X      
COMD 3120 Mgmt of Speech Sound Disorders       X   X
COMD 3200 Child Language Development   X X      
COMD 3400 Hearing Science X          
COMD 3500 Phonetics/Developmental Phonology   X X      
COMD 3600 Language Science   X X      
COMD 3700 Basic Audiology       X X  
COMD 4200 Clinical Methods       X   X
COMD 4450 Child Comm Disorders       X   X
COMD 4500 Adult Communication Disorders       X   X
COMD 5070 Advanced Phonetics X          
COMD 5210 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity   X X      
COMD 5240 Neural Bases of Cog & Comm X          
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation       X X  

Note: See https://caa.asha.org/ and https://www.asha.org/certification/

  1. Direct:
    Assessment of learning will occur as a no-stakes capstone quiz embedded in COMD 4200 (Clinical Methods). Questions tap basic but important big and small ideas answerable without prior preparation [new]
  2.  Indirect:
    1. An alumni online survey administered one year after graduation [new]
    2. An exit interview for SLP graduate students administered in the final semester of the master’s program [new]
    3. Graduate faculty evaluation of student performance in the three COMDDE graduate professional programs
    4. Student, advisor, and instructor feedback from informal and formal sources
  1. Direct: Multiple choice capstone quiz
    • First quiz built using selected, modified questions from graduate praxis exam prep handbook. Administered in Fall, 2020 to one campus class, revised and re-administered in Spring, 2021. Results showed poor performance not reflective of knowledge displayed in individual courses or informal data sources.
  1. Indirect:
      • Exit online survey administered to students one year after graduation. Responses received from 31 students, about 10% of graduates. Main comments addressed more awareness of bachelor-level careers, more clinical education, and more opportunities for involvement of online students.
      • Exit interview for SLP graduate students administered in the final semester of the master’s program. Six SLP students participated, about 25% of graduating class. Results indicated no concerns for undergraduate program prep for grad program.
      • Graduate faculty in three COMDDE graduate professional programs found incoming USU student preparation to be satisfactory. Results indicated no concerns for undergraduate program prep for grad program.
      • Student, advisor, and instructor feedback indicated satisfaction with UG program. Students noted to have specific difficulty with acoustics in COMD 3100 (Speech Science) and 3400 (Hearing Science).
  1. Direct: Capstone quiz not yet valid indicator of student learning. Revise quiz.
    • Started over in Fall, 2021. Changed format to better reveal learning. Solicited questions from undergraduate instructors. Administered new capstone quiz in December in campus class. Scoring and analysis in progress.
    • Administer in Spring, 2022 to campus and online class for valid direct indicator of program performance.
  2. Indirect: Based on online survey and student, advisor, instructor feedback
    • For more audiology technician preparation: Revise COMD 3700 (Basic Audiology) campus and online
    • For more SLP technician preparatio:, information dessiminated about new national certification program and readiness of our own students for this program through the website, advisors, and COMD 4200.
    • For more online student involvement: (a) our first online UTF student in Fall, 2021.
    • For more online student involvement: Student group NSSLHA has expanded online operations and reached out directly to online students.
    • For better timing of acoustics instruction: in Fall, 2020, moved preparatory course (3500, Phonetics) earlier in sequence for all Bach tracks. Not sufficient. In Fall, 2021, decided to move acoustics portion from 3100 and 3400, combine those reduced courses into one, and teach all acoustics in later 5070 course. This will take time and will not know effects of this change until 2023.

Audiology Graduate Program

The audiology doctoral program is a nationally-accredited program that prepares students to become certified audiologists. Students learn to evaluate, treat, and investigate hearing and balance disorders through educational, research, and clinical experiences for individuals throughout the lifespan.

 

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge and skills sufficient for entry level practice pertaining to hearing and balance assessment and hearing device services
  2. Competency in problem solving and critical thinking; spoken, visual, written, and digital communication; interpersonal skills and teamwork; professional and ethical behavior
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology reviewed and approved the audiology graduate programs' annual accreditation December 31, 2021. 

2021 AuD Accreditation Report with assessment portions highlighted

  1.  Direct:
    1. National certification exam (Praxis) scores
    2. Program completion and employment rate
    3. Comprehensive examination
    4. CALIPSO records of competency achievement
    5. Externship supervisor evaluations
  2. Indirect:
    1. Audiology doctoral student exit interviews or questionnaires
    2. Alumni surveys
    3. Student, advisor, and instructor feedback from informal and formal sources

1. Multiple data sources indicate no need to modify program academic or clinical content or delivery. Despite COVID, our program successfully prepared students to be certified audiologists. Students learned to evaluate, treat, and investigate hearing and balance disorders through educational, research, and clinical experiences for individuals throughout the lifespan.

2. During the spring 2021 faculty division retreat, faculty closely reviewed student exit feedback (indirect assessment) and comprehensive exam data (direct assessment). These data revealed that students needed more direct instruction regarding counseling skills in audiology. Thus a data-informed decision was made by faculty to combine two counseling courses into one, 3-credit course that will occur during the fall of the audiology doctoral students' 2nd year. Additionally, it was decided that person-/family-centered care instruction would be systematically scaffolded into the audiology graduate students' 1st semester (in the Advanced Audiology course and clinic practicum) to provide a foundation for counseling that was otherwise missing from the program.

2021 AuD Accreditation Report with assessment portions highlighted

Deaf Education Graduate Program

The Listening and Spoken Language Deaf Education graduate training program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf. In this program, students gain skills and competencies to provide family-centered, evidence-based services for young children with hearing loss to devleop and use listening and spoken language.

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of theory, strategies, and principles of serving children who are DHH in both home- and center-based early intervention and classroom settings.
  2. Competencies in direct service delivery, demonstrating theory to practice principles and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  3. Knowledge of language acquisition and communication proficiency.

 

2021 Deaf Education Accreditation Report

1. Direct:
a. National Deaf Education Praxis scores
b. Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) scores
c. Practicum Competency Evaluations
d. Student Teaching Summative Evaluation
e. Program completion and employment rate
2. Indirect:
a. Deaf Education student exit interviews or questionnaires
b. Alumni surveys
c. Employer surveys
d. Student, advisor, and instructor feedback from informal and formal sources

  1. Multiple data sources indicate no need to modify current program content or delivery. Despite COVID, our program successfully prepared sutdents to be licensed teachers and early interventionists. Students learned skills and competencies to provide family-centered services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing through goal-oriented, diagnostic teaching.
  2. Data sources showed need for additional supports in lesson plan development and implementation, thus COMD 6715 LSL Workshop added.
  3. Based on curriculum review, COMD 6580 Family-Centered Practices moved from fall semester to spring semester to better align with early intervention practicum rotation experiences. 
  4. Data sources indicated need to add more content in adult learning styles, added to COMD 6580 Family-Centered Practices.
2021 Deaf Education Accreditation Report

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

The Speech-Language Pathology master’s program is a nationally-accredited program that prepares students to become certified speech-language pathologists. Students learn to evaluate and treat speech, language, cognition, literacy, and swallowing disorders for individuals across the lifespan through academic, research, and clinical experiences.  

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge and skills sufficient for entry level practice pertaining to typical and disordered language, speech, cognition, literacy, and swallowing
  2. Competency in problem solving and critical thinking; spoken, visual, written, and digital communication; interpersonal skills and teamwork; professional and ethical behavior
2020 SLP Accreditation Report

  1.  Direct:
    a. National certification exam (Praxis) scores
    b. Program completion and employment rate
    c. Comprehensive examination
    d. CALIPSO records of competency achievement
    e. Externship supervisor evaluations
  2. Indirect:
    a. SLP student exit interviews or questionnaires
    b. Alumni surveys
    c. Student, advisor, and instructor feedback from informal and formal sources
  1. Multiple data sources indicate no need to modify program academic or clinical content or delivery. Despite COVID, successful prepared students to be certified speech-language pathologists who can practice across the lifespan, types of communication and swallowing disorders, and work settings.
  2. Multiple data sources show need to continue to train students on new teletherapy methods but be more selective on using remote delivery based on clinical and logistical appropriateness.
  3. Multiple data sources showed new 6250 (Early Intervention) now sufficiently differentiated from old undergraduate 5200 that 5200 is no longer accepted as a substitute
  4. Based on externship supervisor and coordinator feedback, adjusted semester order of 6030 (Stuttering) and (6220) Severe Disabilities so students are prepared for particular externship opportunities in the second summer semester of the program.
2020 SLP Accreditation Report

Communication Sciences Graduate Program

The Communication Sciences non-clinical master’s program prepares students to have a comprehensive and well-rounded background in the basic research pertaining to the nature of communication as well as applied research related to the efficacy of diagnostic and treatment procedures for individuals with communication disorders.   Students learn to apply critical theories and discoveries in the areas of speech science, language science, hearing science, and neuroscience to unanswered questions about normal and disordered processes underlying hearing, speech and language disorders across the lifespan.

For the Master of Communication Sciences degree, the two key learning objectives are: 

  1. Will demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and/or swallowing processes pertaining to their area(s) of interest, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases and correlates.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate, conduct, and present research

Direct Evidence:

1. Embedded competency assignments in COMD 6230 – Intro to Research in Communicative Disorders
a. Understand key concepts related to basic and applied research
b. Know the ethical issues underlying research with human subjects
c. Describe the characteristics, strengths and limitations of various types of research designs 
d. Assess the validity and reliability of behavioral measures
e. Review the quality of research studies

 

  1. Thesis defense: Successfully pass defense with a mastery rating on a rubric as low, mid, or high

Low

Mid

High

Incomplete underlying theoretical principles and hypotheses

Appropriate underlying theoretical principles and hypotheses

Well defined underlying theoretical principles and hypotheses

Methodology yields minimal data appropriate for answering the research questions

Acceptable methodology that yields data appropriate for answering the research questions

Well-developed and creative methodology that yields complex data appropriate for answering the research questions

Contains basic analyses of data

Contains appropriate analyses of data

Contains complex analyses of data

Discussion of the methodological and theoretical implications of the analyses is lacking in detail.

Acceptable discussion of the methodological and theoretical implications of the analyses

Complex and creative discussion of the methodological and theoretical implications of the analyses

 

Indirect Evidence:

  1. Student, advisor, and instructor feedback from informal and formal sources
  2. Upon graduation, continued study or employment in a field related to communication sciences

New degree program started in 2018. One student graduated in 2020 and continued into a PhD program. No student graduated in 2021. Two students currently enrolled.

MS in Comm Sc program working well. No need for changes indicated.