Academic Program Capacity Building in Audiology and
Framing the Issue
Building capacity for the long term in audiology and
speech-language pathology (SLP) requires a comprehensive approach
involving multiple stakeholders such as academic programs,
employers, practitioners willing to mentor others, credentialing
bodies, and state associations. A multifaceted approach is
required because of the diversity of factors thought to
contribute to personnel shortages in the professions.
Reasons that have been cited for persistent personnel
shortages in health care and educational settings (both
school-based and higher education settings) include the
- A shortage of PhD level faculty, which limits the number of
students who can be admitted into the requisite graduate level
degree programs for entry into the professions.
- Not enough clinical placement sites along with too few
practitioners skilled in clinical education or precepting who
are available to provide practicum experiences for students.
- Perceived restrictions within accreditation standards
thought to limit the development of innovative and flexible
education models in communication sciences and disorders.
- Reported low salary levels or working conditions that may
have a negative impact on recruitment and retention of
- A lack of mentoring and professional development in the
workplace that serves to foster retention and career
development for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
ASHA, academic programs, state associations and others have
been working to address many of the issues cited above through a
variety of means. This resource, however, specifically focuses on
the strategies and successes associated with academic program
capacity building and the resources in place to support academic
programs in such endeavors.
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