Communication Sciences and Disorders Education Survey Starter Kit

Step-by-Step Instructions [PDF]

The Communication Sciences and Education (CSD) Education Survey is a web-based survey that collects key data from academic programs about education in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). The survey

This online kit contains information on the value of participation, how to access the annual survey and what is needed for successful completion.


Why was the survey developed?

There was no single comprehensive system to collect and report data in a centralized, uniform, and consistent manner...until the CSD Education Survey.

Each year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), receive numerous requests for data about CSD programs at all degree levels from academic programs, state and federal agencies, researchers, and students. To address requests, ASHA and CAPCSCD collaborated to create the CSD Education Survey as the authoritative data source for information about higher education in CSD.

What data will be collected through the survey?

Among the data collected in the CSD Education Survey are

  • applications
  • admissions
  • enrollment
  • graduation
  • first employment
  • time to degree


Who benefits and how?

Academic programs, faculty, students, ASHA, CAPCSD, and the CSD discipline all benefit from the data collected.

  • Increased efficiency for programs completing surveys
  • Access to national aggregate, individual state and ad hoc data reports about trends in CSD education and the personnel pipeline in the professions to aid in benchmarking and strategic planning
  • Visibility for their academic programs via EdFind by students and potential students who are interested in careers and advanced degree programs in the professions
  • 24/7 access to EdFind, a search interface of over 300 institutions offering undergraduate, master's and clinical doctoral and research doctoral programs in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language and hearing sciences
    • Identify programs in individual states or by area of study or degree
    • Access programs by distinct characteristics, such as part-time enrollment, study abroad and multicultural/bilingual emphasis
    • Obtain program information on application deadlines, enrollment and graduation data, specialty tracks and areas of research interest plus much more
  • Comprehensive data that informs initiatives undertaken on behalf of the discipline in areas such as
    • PhD shortage in higher education
    • personnel shortages in the professions
    • recruitment and retention of diverse student populations
    • internationalization
    • specialization
    • research initiatives
    • advocacy
  • Identification of trends and formulation of strategies beneficial to CSD departments nationally and internationally


Prior to fielding the annual CSD Education Survey, each program director and/or chair receives an e-mail from [email protected] asking for verification or identification of new faculty/staff who will assist with completing the survey on behalf of the institution’s program(s). Once the HES manager is notified of any changes, those authorized are granted access.

Who is responsible for program data?

Program directors have full responsibility to update and maintain the currency and accuracy of the data reported about their institution's programs. Program directors are required to e-mail critical program changes or updates to the HES manager at [email protected]. For changes related to CAA reporting, program directors should e-mail [email protected].

Who has access to the survey?

Program director or chair

  • receives notifications and updates
  • identifies faculty/staff to assist with data entry
  • updates and approves the program's profile in the survey to ensure all degree programs offered are included
  • reviews the completed survey to ensure accuracy of data
  • submits completed surveys by the designated deadline

Program faculty/staff

Although you do not have to be an ASHA member, certificate holder, or affiliate to access the survey, you must be a registered ASHA website user.

Registered ASHA website users access

  1. Go to
  2. Select "My Account" located in the top right corner of any ASHA webpage.
  3. Login with your registered email address and password.
  4. Select "CSD Education Survey" under the Higher Education Data System (HES) subheading to view the surveys available, the time frame in which they are due, and the status of an open survey.
  5. Select the current survey to begin entering data.

If you are not a registered ASHA website user

  1. E-mail the HES manager at [email protected] to verify that you have been added to your program's authorized user list.
  2. Go to
  3. Select "My Account" located on the top right corner of any ASHA webpage.
  4. Select the appropriate member/non-member statement.
    1. ASHA members should select "No, but I do have an ASHA or NSSLHA membership."
    2. Non-ASHA members should select "No, and I have no current affiliation with ASHA or NSSLHA"
  5. Select submit.
  6. Complete and submit the online registration form.
  7. Select "CSD Education Survey" under the Higher Education Data System (HES) subheading to view the surveys available, the time frame in which they are due, and the status of an open survey.
  8. Select the current survey to begin entering data.

What technology is needed to access the survey?

The CSD Education Survey is web-based and requires a computer with Internet access. The recommended browsers are Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Although the survey works well through 56KB modems, faster connection speeds (broadband) increase the efficiency. ASHA recommends having cookies enabled when using the ASHA website and JavaScript enabled for the survey in particular. Although the survey may run on mobile devices, it has not been tested.

Who can answer questions?

Contact the HES manager at [email protected].

Collecting and Entering Data

What should be collected to enter data?

Institutions should be prepared to provide program data in the following areas

  • program characteristics
  • applications
  • admissions
  • enrollment
  • time to degree
  • graduation
  • first employment
  • faculty
  • funding

As survey questions do not change significantly from year to year, programs that completed the previous year's survey will find many questions prepopulated with responses.

When is the survey open?

Data may only be entered during the open period, typically early August through November. Only authorized users may enter data, save, and return to complete any remaining questions during this period.

How can I determine progress toward completing the survey?

The CSD Education Survey includes several means by which to determine the status of a survey

  • a status bar displays the percentage complete
  • a status page identifies and hyperlinks to incomplete questions
  • a navigation tree with colored check marks indicates progress
    • red = not started
    • yellow = in progress
    • green = completed question and/or section

What is the difference between "save" and "submit?"

The "save" function is to save question responses to return at a later date to modify and/or complete the survey.

The "submit" function is the final step in completing the survey and may only be accessed by the authorized program director or chair once the status bar reaches 100% completion. The submission signifies that the program director has verified that the information provided is complete and accurate. Once the survey is submitted, select data immediately populates the academic program's profile in EdFind.

What if the program director does not submit the survey?

Access to reliable and robust data reports depends on all academic programs contributing their information. If the CSD Education Survey is not submitted, limited information on the institution's program(s) will be reflected in EdFind and data will not be included in national and state aggregate data reports that are published annually.

How can I see what I have submitted?

Once the program director or chair submits the completed CSD Education Survey, the data will immediately be visible in EdFind. Additionally, programs may print a copy of the CSD Education Survey prior to (blank), during (partial completion), or the fully completed survey after submission.

What if a response or change of contact information is needed after the close date?

Critical changes to information or revisions to the program's profile should be directed to the HES Manager at [email protected] for consideration.

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