American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Strengthening Academic Program Viability Through Strategic Development

Environmental Forces

Higher education institutions need to be responsive to the challenges posed by diminishing financial resources, increasing costs, and significant societal and technological changes. Staying informed about the various factors that influence the work and success of academic programs is an important activity for all programs, and one that will help them sustain themselves. Relevant factors and resources to consult include the following:

Current state and national workforce dynamics in regard to supply and demand of CSD personnel in both higher education and in service delivery settings

Status of state higher education finance

Needs and expectations of high school graduates

Changing trends in healthcare

Changing dynamics and challenges within the academy

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