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NSSLHA Strategic Plan icon_StudentLeadershipOpps2008–2015


NSSLHA is the national association for communication sciences and disorders (CSD) students.


Empower members of NSSLHA by:

  • fostering growth through educational opportunities;
  • facilitating global collaboration, diversity, and service;
  • recognizing achievements and excellence;
  • advocating for student needs and interests.

Strategic Objectives and Outcomes

Advocacy and Awareness

Objective: NSSLHA seeks to engage students in current and emerging issues in CSD.

Outcome: Engagement will be deemed successful, via:

  • increasing the number of CSD awareness events;
  • increasing the number of Honors applications;
  • facilitating the creation and promoting the use of PhD/AuD/internship/externship registries;
  • increasing relationships with stakeholders (i.e., academic programs, professional organizations, government agencies, etc.);
  • increasing interactions between audiologists and SLPs;
  • increasing the numbers of ASHA/NSSLHA webinar attendees and views of ASHA/NSSLHA YouTube videos;
  • increasing visits to the NSSLHA website, Facebook pages, and Twitter account;
  • promoting Capitol Hill Day and Virtual Advocacy Day, encouraging students to sign up for GRPP Action alerts, and creating and disseminating materials/resources related to state-level CSD legislation and advocacy and leadership opportunities;
  • soliciting feedback from members and stakeholders to identify emerging issues.

Member Experience

Objective: NSSLHA has members who understand the value of membership and are satisfied with the benefits they receive. NSSLHA will effectively promote the benefits of membership, thereby increasing the use of NSSLHA resources.

Outcome: An improved membership experience will be measured via:

  • increased satisfaction scores on biannual surveys of NSSLHA constituents;
  • steady or increased membership numbers;
  • adaption of services and products based on survey data and event feedback forms;
  • steady or increased membership among target member populations (i.e., undergraduate and graduate students, audiology students, post-baccalaureate students, PhD students, associated disciplines, non-traditional students, and distance learners).


Objective: NSSLHA is the primary resource for members involved with, or interested in, participating in local, state, national, and international CSD service activities.

Outcome: Participation in CSD service will be measured via:

  • increasing student membership in state associations as reported by said organizations;
  • increasing student participation in state associations as reported by said organizations;
  • increasing member involvement with local service activities as demonstrated by increased application for the McKinley Regional Project and Community Service Grants;
  • increasing member involvement in "global collaboration/international humanitarian efforts" as demonstrated by increased application for the McKinley Regional Project and Community Service Grants as well as Chapter reports;
  • increasing member participation within NSSLHA as demonstrated by the numbers of volunteers at the ASHA Convention and applicants for volunteer leadership positions on the Executive Council;
  • increasing the total number of grant, scholarship, and Honors applications;
  • increasing publicity and recognition of international/study abroad/service opportunities (i.e., Regional Spotlight on the NSSLHA website and articles in NSSLHA publications).


Objective: NSSLHA provides effective, clear communication to its stakeholders. We will enhance the communication methods that we use with our stakeholders, yielding a greater impact. 

Outcome: Effective communication will be measured via:

  • increasing submissions to NSSLHA publications (NSSLHA Now!, In the Loop, CICSD);
  • increasing readership of NSSLHA publications (NSSLHA Now!, In the Loop, CICSD);
  • increasing participation in social media resources by creating regular updates—establishing a systematic approach for updating Facebook, Twitter, ASHA Community pages, YouTube page, etc.;
  • increasing student SIG memberships;
  • providing local chapter advisor training/education through webinars;
  • increasing communication between chapters.