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Program Mission and Goals, and Strategic Plan

Mission and Goals – Licensure Qualifying Program (AuD)


The mission of the Program is to prepare audiologists to:

a) Deliver evidence-based hearing and vestibular assessment and management services to the culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse population of the greater New York City metropolitan area.

b) Serve as advocates for persons with hearing and/or vestibular impairment.

c) Be active contributors to the clinical science that subserves audiology and to the continuing development of the profession.

The overall goal of the AuD Program is to provide students within New York City, New York State, and the nation with the highest quality academic preparation and with varied and enriched clinical experiences so as to prepare them to be highly qualified autonomous clinicians providing state-of-the-art services to individuals of all ages with hearing loss. More specific goals of the Program include:

a) Preparation of audiologists who will be able to meet the hearing health-care needs of the culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse population of the greater NYC metropolitan area.

b) Preparation of audiologists, through a full-time, intensive health sciences doctoral program, for autonomous practice. Graduates will be capable of providing comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologic services to individuals across the lifespan who have auditory and vestibular disorders.

Nonlicensure Qualifying Program


Program Goals:

The award of non-licensure qualifying Au.D. to Audiologists who are Professionally Certified or Licensed will allow Audiologists in the Metropolitan New York Area to obtain a professional education in Audiology to enhance their clinical knowledge and skills so that:

1. They can better meet the audiologic health-care needs of the culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse population, using evidence-based practice.

2. They can become active contributors to the clinical science that subserves Audiology and commit to the continuing development of the profession.

AUD PROGRAM STRATEGIC PLAN


The AuD Program welcomes input and comment from the community regarding its Program Strategic Plan. Please send any input, comments, or suggestions to Professor Barbara E. Weinstein (bweinstein@gc.cuny.edu), the Executive Officer of the Au.D. Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

2011-2012 Strategic Plan (07.11.11)

1. Continue collaboration with School of Professional Studies (SPS) MA in Theatre Arts Program to enhance student intake and counseling skills; the goal for this academic year would be to offer two collaborative events for this academic year.
2. Investigate obtaining a training grant for the AuD students and/or a grant to support the collaboration with the School of Professional Studies (SPS) MA in Theatre Arts for the purpose of enhancing student intake and counseling skills.
3. Expand clinical internship in terms of intensity (number of hours) and to further enrich the clinical internship experience through group aural rehabilitation services for adults.
4. Continue to evaluate the AuD curriculum to determine whether further revisions are necessary (e.g., sequence changes) to enhance clinical competence and knowledge of evidence-based practice, and streamline curriculum.
5. Offer fee-based audiologic services to the community through the Graduate Center Hearing Sciences laboratory. (Weinstein will submit a business plan to the GC administration; Silverman will pursue with Cascella obtaining 6 credits of supervision at the GC site so equal experiences can be obtained at all sites.)
6. Explore possibilities for social networking within the AuD Program and implement advantageous social networking opportunities within the AuD Program.
7. Make revisions to the AuD-PhD curriculum to make the AuD courses (or menu of possible choices) standardized for all students, in accord with the KASA standards, and with the same clinical experiences (although they may be staggered); a single admissions application needs to be developed; and the registrar needs to recognize students in this track as being within both the AuD and PhD Programs; and a web presence needs to be developed for the AuD-PhD curriculum.
8. Explore possibilities for social networking within the AuD Program and implement advantageous social networking opportunities within the AuD Program.
9. Develop and implement electronic record system using the wfs for the client files for the Graduate Center Hearing Laboratory.
10.  Develop and submit a tuition differential proposal to enable revenues to go back to the CUNY AuD Program in order to offset operating costs and to enhance resource adequacy.

2010-2011 Program Strategic Plan (10.4.10)

1. Complete centralizing and streamlining of student record-keeping using the wfs (web-based filing system).  Assessment: Goal Achieved.
2. Develop and implement electronic record system using the wfs for the client files for the Graduate Center Hearing Laboratory.  Assessment: Goal not achieved.
3. Recruit potential applicants for the dual-degree AuD-PhD track.  Assessement: Program suspended the AuD-PhD track in order to resolve outstanding issues before accepting more applicants. 
4. Implement comprehensive revision of the AuD curriculum to enhance clinical competence and knowledge of evidence based practice, and streamline curriculum.  Assessment: Goal achieved.
5. Continue collaboration with School of Professional Studies (SPS) MA in Theatre Arts Program to enhance student intake and counseling skills.  Assessment: Goal not achieved.  Program will attempt to realize this goal in 2011-2012.
6. Re-visit the timing of the AuD first examination.  Assessment: Goal achieved.  Timing remains unchanged.
7. Offer fee-based audiologic services to the community through the Graduate Center Hearing Sciences laboratory.  Assessment: Goal not achieved.  Program will attempt to realize this goal in 2011-2012.
8. Explore possibilities for social networking within the AuD Program and implement advantageous social networking opportunities within the AuD Program.  Assessment: Goal achieved.  This goal will be expanded upon in the 2011-2012 strategic plan.

2009-2010 Program Strategic Plan (updated March 2010) and Assessment (10.4.10)

1. Modify administrative structure of the AuD program such that it becomes a stand alone program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Assessment: Goal achieved and AuD Program became a stand-alone program on 8/26/10.
2. Centralize and streamline student record keeping. Assessment: WFS implemented – completion of this goal remains in progress (see 2010-2011 strategic plan)
3. Implement a dual degree program in Audiology and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences that would give graduating students two degrees: a clinical doctorate in Audiology (AuD) and a research doctorate in Speech language hearing sciences (Ph.D). Assessment: New York State Education Department approval obtained 3/12/10. Recruitment, a web presence, and admissions application for this dual-degree track is a 2010-2011 goal (see 2010-2011 strategic plan).
4. Collaborate with School of Professional Studies (SPS) MA in Theatre Arts Program to enhance student intake and counseling skills. Assessment: Collaborative session held on 3/18/10 with excellent student and faculty feedback.
5. Conduct a comprehensive review of the AuD curriculum to enhance clinical competence and knowledge of evidence based practice, and streamline curriculum. Assessment: Faculty and student input received and this goal is currently in progress (see 2010-2011 strategic plan).

Program Facts (Retention, Praxis Exam, and Employment Rates)

CUNY AuD Program Retention

Year Entered CUNY AuD Program

Number Matriculated

Number Withdrew

Percent Retained

Fall 2005

6

1

83%

Fall 2006

10

0

100%

Fall 2007

11

1

91%

Fall 2008

13

1

92%

Fall 2009

11

0

100%

Fall 2010 

10

0

100% 

Fall 2011
 

11

1

91% 

Audiology Praxis Exam Pass Rate for CUNY AuD Program

Graduating Cohort

Number  Who Took Exam

Pass
Rate

2009

5

100%

2010  

10

100%

2011

10

100%

2012

9

100%

CUNY AuD Program Employment Rates for Graduates (Licensure Qualifying)

Graduating Cohort

Number of Graduates

% Employed in Audiology

2009

5

100%

2010

10

100%

2011  

10

100%

2012

9

100%