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Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), Assessment Metrics/Timeline, and Relevant Standards

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology seeks excellence in the academic and clinical preparation of students in speech-language pathology, in conducting research, and in the provision of services to the University and to the community-at-large (Department Mission).  The Department aspires to provide our students with the knowledge and skills needed to solve clinical problems, administer comprehensive assessments, and implement evidence-based interventions for a diverse client population in both medical and school-based settings (Department Goal).  Faculty have established a set of graduate program learning outcomes (PLOs) which are consistent with this mission and goals and aligned with national and state standards. PLOs are formally evaluated by the Faculty on a rotating basis, given suggested assessment metrics (and other relevant data).  This ensure the program maintains consistent standards in these areas and revises academic and curriculum programs as needed.

Program Learning Outcome 1

Students can implement appropriate listening and professional oral communication skills with individuals with different backgrounds and needs, including clients and families, clinical supervisors, interpreters, and applicable interdisciplinary team members.

  • Assessment Timeline

​Fall 2020 and Spring 2022

  • Assessment Metrics: 
  1. Presentation assignments in the following courses: SLP 661, 662, 663, 665, 666, 667, 668, 672, 676, and 696
  2. Clinical Practicum Evaluations (CALIPSO) in SLP 669A, 669J, 670, and 686A 
  • Relevant Standards:
    • CAA Standards: ​3.1.1B, 3.1.6B
    • CFCC Standards: IV-H, V-A, V-B
    • California SLP Board Standards: ​Standards 19, 20, 21, 22, and 24
    • CTCC Conceptual Framework: Promotes growth, Service and Collaboration; Values diversity
    • NCATE Elements: Professional dispositions, Knowledge and Skills: Other

Program Learning Outcome 2

Students can write professional, clear, and well structured clinical reports, research papers, and documentation based on research evidence and clinical data.

  • Assessment Timeline

​Fall 2021 and Spring 2023

  • Assessment Metrics: 
  1. Research paper in SLP 696 
  2. Written assignments in the following courses: SLP 661, 662, 663, 665, 666, 667, 668, 672, 676, and 696
  3. Clinical reports in SLP 669A, 669J
  4. Clinical Practicum Evaluations (CALIPSO) in SLP 669A, 669J, 670, and 686A
  5. Comprehensive examination or thesis
  • Relevant Standards:
    • Standards: ​3.1.1B, 3.1.6B
    • CFCC Standards: IV-F, IV-H, V-A, V-B
    • California SLP Board Standards: ​Standards 19, 20, 23, and 24
    • CTCC Conceptual Framework: Research and Evaluation; Prepares leaders
    • NCATE Elements: Knowledge and Skills: Other

Program Learning Outcome 3

Students will demonstrate accountability, integrity, professionalism, cultural competence/humility, and ethical duty of confidentiality when working with clients, caretakers and other professionals from diverse backgrounds.

  • Assessment Timeline

​Fall 2022 and Spring 2024

  • Assessment Metrics: 
  1. Case studies in the following courses: SLP 661, 662, 663, 665, 666, 667, 668, 672, 676, 678 and 696
  2. Clinical Practicum Evaluations (CALIPSO) in SLP 669A, 669J, 670, and 686A
  • Relevant Standards:
    • Standards: ​3.1.1B, 3.1.6B
    • CFCC Standards: IV-H, V-A, V-B
    • California SLP Board Standards: ​Standards 19, 20, 21, 22, and 24
    • CTCC Conceptual Framework: Values diversity; Promotes growth
    • NCATE Elements: Professional dispositions, Knowledge and Skills: Other

Program Learning Outcome 4

Students implement evidence-based practice to effectively administer measures to identify communication disorders in individuals with different backgrounds and needs and interpret assessment results appropriately based on the individual's cultural and linguistic background.

  • Assessment Timeline

​Fall 2021 and Spring 2023

  • Assessment Metrics: 
  1. Case studies in the following courses: SLP 661, 662, 663, 665, 666, 667, 668, 672, 676, 678 and 696
  2. Clinical reports in SLP 669A, 669J
  3. Clinical Practicum Evaluations (CALIPSO) in SLP 669A, 669J, 670, and 686A
  4. Comprehensive examination or Thesis
  • Relevant Standards:
    • Standards: ​3.1.3B, 3.1.4B
    • CFCC Standards: IV-D, IV-H, V-A, V-B
    • California SLP Board Standards: ​Standards 19-23
    • CTCC Conceptual Framework: Promotes growth; Research and Evaluation; School improvement
    • NCATE Elements: Knowledge and Skills: Other

Program Learning Outcome 5

Students develop and implement needs-and-strength-based intervention plans, with measurable and achievable goals/objectives in service to individuals with different backgrounds to promote client-centered service. 

  • Assessment Timeline

​Fall 2022 and Spring 2024

  • Assessment Metrics: 
  1. Case studies in the following courses: SLP 661, 662, 663, 665, 666, 667, 668, 672, 676, 678 and 696
  2. Clinical reports in SLP 669A, 669J
  3. Semester therapy plan and Clinical Practicum Evaluations (CALIPSO) in SLP 669A, 669J, 670, and 686A
  4. Comprehensive examination or Thesis
  • Relevant Standards:
    • Standards: ​3.1.5B
    • CFCC Standards: IV-D, IV-H, V-A, V-B
    • California SLP Board Standards: ​Standards 19-24
    • CTCC Conceptual Framework: School improvement; Promotes growth; Research and Evaluation
    • NCATE Elements: Student learning: Other

Program Learning Outcome 6

Students can effectively and professionally engage in interprofessional practice with all relevant stakeholders to promote client-centered service and advocate for individuals with communication disorders across the lifespan.

  • Assessment Timeline

​Fall 2020 and Spring 2023

  • Assessment Metrics: 
  1. Group presentation projects in the following courses: SLP 575, 661, 662, 663, 665, 666, 667, 668, 672, 676
  2. Clinical Practicum Evaluations (CALIPSO) in SLP 669A, 669J, 670, and 686A
  • Relevant Standards:
    • Standards: ​3.1.1B
    • CFCC Standards: IV-H, V-A, V-B
    • California SLP Board Standards: ​Standards 19-22, 24
    • CTCC Conceptual Framework: School improvement; Promotes growth, Research and Evaluation
    • NCATE Elements: Student learning: Other