American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Guide to Starting an Academic Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

Table of Contents

Section 1 - Deciding to Establish a New Program

Introduction
Creating a Team 
   Internal Contacts 
   External Contacts
Getting Started With a Feasibility Study
Conducting the Feasibility Study 

   Demand for a CSD Program 
   Applicant Pool
   Revenue and Resources
Deciding to Create a Program

Section 2 - Developing a Proposal for a New Program

Introduction
Getting Started With the Proposal
Preparing the Letter of Intent

   Program Identity
   Planning Factors
   Need and Demand
   Fiscal Factors
Receiving a Response to the Letter of Intent
Preparing and Submitting the Formal Proposal

   Detailed Program Description
   Faculty
   Students
   Facilities and Equipment
   Program Costs
   Academic Quality Assurance
   Final Proposal Submission
Navigating the Approval Process
   Approval

Section 3 - Implementing the Academic Program

Introduction
Administering the Budget(s)
Developing Program Policies and Procedures
Recruiting Faculty and Students

   Faculty Recruitment
   Student Recruitment
Implementing the Curriculum
   Curriculum Sequence and Course Development
   Administering the Clinical Education Component
   Assessment
   Assessment of Knowledge and Skills of Students
   Assessment of Program
   Assessment of Faculty Members

Securing Physical Facilities, Equipment and Materials, and Library Resources
   Physical Facilities
   Academic Classrooms
   Office Space
   Clinical Facilities
   Additional Space Considerations

   Equipment and Materials
   Library Resources

Section 4 - Seeking Accreditation: What You Need to Know

Introduction
Understanding the Core Values and Benefits
Standards for Accreditation
Verifying Eligibility Conditions for Candidacy
Navigating the Candidacy Process
Documenting Standards Compliance and Development Plans
Participating in a Candidacy Site Visit
Maintaining Accreditation Status

   Annual Progress Reports
   Application for Accreditation
Accreditation Resources

Section 5 - Resources

Resources

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