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UNCG, WCU partner on new Communication Sciences & Disorders Ph.D program

A partnership announced last Friday by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Western Carolina University is designed to replenish the dwindling national numbers of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Language Pathology and Audiology) doctoral graduates.

The doctoral training program, dubbed Inter-institutional Distance Education Agreement for Learning and Leadership in Communication Sciences and Disorders (IDEALL CSD), will begin in January 2016.  It is available to full and part-time students.

In a 2007 national survey (Hull, 2007) of 143 university graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, 90 percent responded that they were experiencing a shortage of available doctoral-level personnel to fill new or vacant faculty positions; 93 percent stated they were expecting the shortage of available doctoral-level faculty to continue for the foreseeable future.  Further, 55 percent indicated that they were experiencing difficulty attracting applicants for new or vacant doctoral-level faculty positions.

“The shortage is driven by a number of factors,” said Dr. Denise Tucker, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communications Science and Disorders at UNCG. “A large number of early and late retirees; more attractive employment opportunities for doctoral-level personnel in the private sector; and a lack of Ph.D students entering and graduating from doctoral programs. This shortage of CSD doctoral students is a nationwide problem.”

UNCG’s Communications and Science Disorder (CSD) Department has a long-standing, nationally ranked SLP Masters program, and in Fall 2007, their graduate program added the doctoral program.

Dr. Robert Mayo, professor and director of Graduate Studies for the UNCG CSD Ph.D program, will oversee the IDEALL CSD program at UNCG, and Dr. Billy Ogletree, Professor and Head of Western Carolina’s Communication Science and Disorders Department, will oversee the program at WCU.

Students should be able to complete the program in five to seven years.

By Joe Gallehugh
Full story at UNCG Now.