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Department Mission and Goals

Communication Disorders and Sciences Department Mission Statement

Through outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service, the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at SUNY Cortland is committed to the academic and clinical development of students who aspire to careers in communication disorders and sciences working in settings with diverse populations and disorders.

Core Values

  • Develop and nurture critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Contribute to the intellectual climate of the campus community
  • Foster the ability to independently pursue academic and personal excellence
  • Encourage respect and appreciation for ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender diversity
  • Learn the skills necessary to effectively participate in an increasingly global society
  • Provide opportunities to utilize clinical and professional technology

Vision Statement

The Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at SUNY Cortland will be recognized for its outstanding education of undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology through exemplary teaching, research, and state-of-the art facilities and technology.

Strategic Plan (2016-2021)

The following is the department’s five-year strategic plan. The Strategic Planning Committee is charged with overseeing these goals and the actions taken to fulfill them. The Committee will meet annually to monitor the process and modify actions. Ad Hoc Committees will be formed as needed.

Department Goals

Goal One: Enhance Academic Excellence


  • 1.1  Model academic and professional integrity
  • 1.2  Provide a wide variety of opportunities for educational and professional development
  • 1.3  Promote and sustain high standards for faculty teaching, scholarship, and service
  • 1.4  Support the department’s regional, state, national, and international presence

Goal Two: Provide information and opportunity for students to learn more about cultural and linguistic diversity (Transformational Education)


  • 2.1 Provide current cultural and diversity information
  • 2.2 Support opportunities for students to participate in cross-cultural experiences

Goal Three: Support student research and scholarship (Academic Excellence)


  • 3.1 Encourage grant and manuscript submission and professional presentations
  • 3.2 Provide student research opportunities

Goal Four: Improve and maintain facilities (Maximizing Resources)


  • 4.1 Maintain handicapped-accessible space for clinic and department
  • 4.2 Maintain existing equipment
  • 4.3 Continuously evaluate and update equipment and facilities

Goal Five: Maintain currency in graduate (CDIS) and undergraduate programs (SHS) (Academic Excellence)


  • 5.1 Review curricula for undergraduate and graduate programs continually 

Goal Six: Establish and Maintain student contact (Well-Being)


  • 6.1 Advise students from their first incoming semester through program completion
  • 6.2 Provide open houses and orientations in concert with the college