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UW-Eau Claire's Master's Degree Program
In Communication Disorders Reaccredited
MAILED: July 3, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The department of communication disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently received word of reaccreditation of its master's program in speech-language pathology from the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Reaccreditation was awarded for the maximum of eight years with no contingencies.
According to Larry Solberg, associate professor and chair of the department, the reaccreditation report noted that UW-Eau Claire's department of communication disorders has "dedicated, hardworking faculty with strong working relationships within the department and with other departments on campus" and "strong students, both academically and clinically."
The CAA accredits graduate education programs that provide entry-level professional preparation in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Programs must be in compliance with standards dealing with administrative structure, quality and number of faculty and instructional staff, student quality and services available to students, curriculum, and program resources.
"I am pleased that the CAA has recognized our program for the quality of our faculty and staff as well as for the quality of our students and their academic and clinical preparation," said Solberg.
Reaccreditation followed a two-day visit by a CAA evaluation team last November. The team reviewed the program's curriculum and record keeping; toured the facilities; and met with CDIS faculty and staff, university administrators, and clients and families served by CDIS faculty, staff and students, Solberg said. They also interviewed program alumni and speech-language pathologists who have supervised UW-Eau Claire CDIS students.
The primary mission of the UW-Eau Claire undergraduate program in communicative disorders is to prepare students for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology. The graduate program prepares students to seek entry-level positions in speech-language pathology in either school or clinical settings such as hospitals.
Solberg noted that the Center for Communication Disorders, an outpatient clinic housed in the UW-Eau Claire Human Sciences and Services building, provides an outstanding opportunity for CDIS undergraduate and graduate students to develop clinical skills while providing a service to individuals in the Chippewa Valley who have problems with speech, language or hearing. Working under the direct supervision of program faculty and teaching staff who are nationally certified and state licensed, CDIS students serve approximately 90 clients of all ages for ongoing therapy each semester and another 90 clients for evaluation services. Services are provided at a relatively low cost to clients and their families.
Solberg also was pleased to see that the CAA report cited "program faculty and students held in high regard by professionals working in the community and by clientele who have received services in the Center for Communication Disorders." In addition, the report noted that the "program is well equipped with state-of-the-art equipment," and "the cooperative faculty and undergraduate/graduate student research initiative is excellent."
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 3, 2002