Guide to Starting an Academic Program in
Communications Sciences and Disorders (CSD)
Section 1 - Deciding to Establish a New Program
Geting Started With a Feasibility Study
Initially, the core team (see Section 1, Creating a Team) will meet to conduct a feasibility study.
Ultimately, the results of the feasibility study should provide the core team with some direction on whether the university should move forward with the proposal for a new program. The analysis should answer questions such as
- Is there sufficient demand for a program and clinical services in the region/state?
- What are the financial demands of creating a program? What funding opportunities can you capitalize on to address those demands?
- Is the university considering the addition or expansion of other academic programs at the same time, and if so, what impact will that have on approval of the proposed CSD program?
- Is there a sufficient applicant pool of academic and clinical faculty?
- Is there a potential pool of students who will enroll in the program?
- Will students have sufficient opportunities for clinical experiences?
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