NSSLHA Strategic Plan
Status Report: March 2009
NSSLHA: The Future of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Professions
The mission of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), the pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communicative sciences and disorders, is:
- To advocate for students at the national, state, and local level;
- To forge professional relationships between speech-language pathologists and audiologists;
- To provide resources to prepare students to become professionals, and;
- To facilitate the transition from NSSLHA to ASHA membership and other professional organizations as the entry into the profession.
Issue A: Membership
The number of students entering CSD programs and becoming NSSLHA members is not projected to meet the growing need for CSD services. In addition, pre-professional membership does not reflect the diversity of the population at large.
More students entering undergraduate and graduate CSD programs will become active participants in NSSLHA.
- Educate students and faculty about NSSLHA and the role of local chapters.
- Examine the current membership structure of NSSLHA.
- Investigate what CSD students desire from a pre-professional organization.
- Re-examine membership benefits currently available to members of the organization.
- Promote NSSLHA's benefits, programs, and accomplishments to faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students.
- Exhibited at the Council of Academic Programs in CSD Conference (April 2008)
- Completed a survey of CSD member and non-member students (December 2008)
- Initiated a by-laws amendment to address equal representation on the Council (January 2009)
- Created a Member-at-large position (January 2009)
NSSLHA's membership will better reflect the population as a whole and the diversity of those who receive the services from CSD professionals will be increased.
- Facilitate the recruitment of diverse undergraduate and graduate students in local chapters through education and partnerships with the national organization.
- Educate the public about CSD professions; target educational opportunities aimed at underrepresented groups, such as:
- Cultural and Linguistic Minorities
- International Students
- Audiology Students
- Non-Traditional Students (second career; generational differences)
- Entered into an agreement with Bilingual Therapies to provide scholarship opportunities for Bilingual NSSLHA members. (January 2008)
- Participated in the Health Occupation Students of America Conference (June 2008)
- Distributed materials to 14 local chapters or private institutions across 11 states to host CSD Career Awareness events.(On-going)
Issue B: Advocacy
NSSLHA strives to be the student voice in audiology and speech-language pathology professional organizations and government agencies.
NSSLHA will participate in decisions affecting the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology to ensure that student input is recognized and considered.
- Ensure a NSSLHA presence on professional boards and other decision-making entities.
- Ensure that ASHA considers the impact upon students of the rules/regulations it adopts.
- Ensure state level participation in professional organization and legislative issues.
- Establish lines of communication with related professional and student organizations (e.g., NAFDA, AAA).
- Allow opportunity for student input (panels, conference, questionnaire).
- Regional Councilors are represented on key ASHA board and committees (Ongoing)
- NSSLHA's vice-president participated in a student discussion with the Council of State Association Presidents (November 2008)
Issue C: Communication
NSSLHA has extensive resources that are not readily available and frequently accessed by members and chapter advisors.
Increased knowledge, personal ownership, and utilization of the resources available through NSSLHA.
- Use technology to its full extent to communicate with NSSLHA members.
- Streamline channels of communication with all members.
- Provide multiple opportunities for participation to meet the needs of all members and allow for maximum utilization of NSSLHA resources.
- Customize communications and resources for the varied audiences of NSSLHA.
- Hosted conference calls with local NSSLHA chapters (August/September 2008)
- Implemented an online NSSLHA membership application (March 2009)
Issue D: Organizational Relationships
NSSLHA needs to define and advance its relationships with other related student and professional organizations.
Foster productive and collaborative relationships with other related organizations.
- Create a position statement on NSSLHA's relationship with related organizations.
- Learn more about the other student and professional organizations.
- Collaboration with the executive board of NSSLHA and other student organizations in co-sponsored events.
- Participation in other organization's conventions, meetings, and conferences to gain a better understanding of how each organization functions.
- Keep other organization up to date with activities of NSSLHA through e-mail.
- Co-hosted the student luncheon at the NBASLH Conference (April 2008)
- Exhibited at the NAFDA Conference (April 2008)