Communication program receives candidacy for
For Immediate Release
Oct. 6, 1999
A program in Abilene Christian University's Department of
Communication recently entered the first phase of a national
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program has been
granted candidacy status by the Council on Academic
This new candidacy status results from over three years
of study, planning and implementing the two-year Graduate
Program in Speech-Language Pathology, said Dr. Jon Ashby
professor of communication and director of the Division of
Communication Disorders in the Department of Communication.
In the past year the University Budget Committee,
Graduate Council and the College Academic Council have all
approved the program. This semester, 11 students began the
program, and additional students will begin in the fall of
2000, bringing the total to 20 students.
Also, significant addtions were made to the ACU library,
facilites were remodeled and new faculty was added. Earlier
this year, 10 new courses received approval, and the
clinical population for treatment increased.
"Students will soon be ready to provide services in
training to the community under the watchful eye of
experienced supervisors," Ashby said.
"Services will be provided for stroke patients, cancer
patients, developmental disabilities and child language
disorders on the ACU campus."
Currently the program consists of 80 undergraduate and 11
graduate students with four full-time faculty. Next year an
additional faculty member will be added as the two-year
The Speech-Language Pathology Program actually began in
1958 and has had a graduate degree with more than 50
graduates in years past. The present offering will provide
national accreditiation and allow students to qualify for
the State of Texas License.
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