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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is a division of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at the University of Texas-Pan American. The Department offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. The undergraduate and graduate programs together enroll approximately 100 students majoring in communication disorders.

The Master’s program in speech–language pathology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been placed on probation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800–498–2071 or 301–296–5700. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.

The Department manages and staffs the Speech and Hearing Center, which houses the speech-language and audiology clinics, which are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for providing a wide variety of speech, language, and hearing services to clients of all ages.

 

 

The Mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is as follows:

  1. The program prepares students for independent professional practice as speech-language pathologists for service in a diverse and multicultural society.
  2. The program provides students with instruction in speech, language, swallowing, and hearing though innovative delivery systems that leads to the master’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and professional license and certification.
  3. Through teaching, research, creative activity, and public service in communication sciences and disorders, the Program prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the region, state, nation and world communities.
  4. The program is committed to enhancing the quality of life and communication needs of individuals in the region and state.

 

Speech and Hearing Center

Speech and Hearing website

The Master's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders Education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Texas-Pan American is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has experienced a change in program director as of September 1st, 2011.

Dr. Ruth Crutchfield, SLP., CCC-SLP is now the program director of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the University of Texas Pan American. The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association was notified of this change as of September 19, 2011.

Complaints to The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) by any Interested Party

Any individual may contact the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) if they feel a serious offense related to this Communication Disorders program's compliance with accreditation standards has occurred. Complaints may also be made to the CAA that involve behavior that is in violation of ASHA's Code of Ethics. Please note that the CAA should not be contacted for the purpose of airing complaints of a general or unspecified nature. The CAA has specific guidelines established which must be completed and can be found on ASHA's website under Procedures for Complaints Against Graduate Education Programs link. All complaints must be signed and submitted in writing to: Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd, #301, Rockville, MD 20850. The CAA will not accept complaints delivered by email or facsimile

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Title IX of the U.S. Department of Education's Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender in any aspect of a federally funded education program or activity. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual violence, sex or gender-based bullying, hazing, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and failure to provide equal opportunity in admissions, activities, employment and/or athletics.

As a recipient of federal funds, The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) complies with Title IX and has designated a Title IX Coordinator to oversee all complaints of sex discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Additionally, other responsibilities include the coordination of training, education, and communications regarding Title IX procedures for the University community.

Title IX Deputies receive and process Title IX complaints; respond to inquiries from students, staff, and faculty regarding their rights and responsibilities; and assist the Title IX Coordinator in oversight and implementation of the Title IX compliance efforts. UTPA has designated the following individual to serve as the Title IX Coordinator:

 

Title IX Coordinator:

Alicia G. Morley
Director, Office of Institutional Equity
Office of the President, SSBL 6.101
956-665-2103
alicia@utpa.edu