Strategic plan: audiology

2009-2017

Vision

The University of Southern Mississippi will be recognized nationally for the superior academic and clinical training of Doctors of Audiology. The University will be recognized regionally as a provider of competent and ethical services to individuals with disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems.

Guiding Principles/Values

  • The Program will emphasize:
    • The importance of scientific study;
    • Critical thinking skills;
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration;
    • Ethical principles;
    • The importance of educating the public about auditory and vestibular disorders;
    • The importance of life-long learning and continued professional development.

Academic Goals

  • The academic goals of the Program are to provide students with:
    • Research- and evidence-based information regarding normal aspects and development of auditory and vestibular systems across the life span as well as the etiology, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of individuals with disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems;
    • Coursework that reflects the current scope of practice for Audiologists;
    • Coursework that incorporates emerging technologies;
    • Coursework that prepares students to be successful in a culturally and linguistically diverse society;
    • Coursework regarding research methods, as well as experience in evaluating research literature and clinical effectiveness;
    • Coursework that fulfills academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Audiology licensure requirements for the State of Mississippi.

Clinical Goals

  • The clinical goals of the Program are to provide students with:
    • Clinical experiences through observation of advanced students and faculty clinical supervisors conducting examinations and rehabilitation of individuals with auditory and/or vestibular disorders;
    • Oportunities to relate theories taught in the class-room to clinical practice;
    • State-of-the-art methods, techniques, and instrumentation for diagnosing and treating disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems;
    • Supervised clinical experiences in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of a diverse population of individuals of all ages with a wide variety of disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems;
    • An understanding of professionalism, accountability, leadership, and ethical conduct;
    • The knowledge and skills needed for independent practice;
    • Experiences that fulfill clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Audiology licensure requirements for the state of Mississippi.
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2009-2017 Work Plan: Academic Goals

Using a variety of program review resources, the success of the program in meeting the academic goals stated above will be evaluated. These reviews and measures are ongoing processes and will be made available to accreditation agencies and their representatives, to the University community including students and administration, and to the public. These reviews and measures will include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

STRATEGY A: Review of ASHA KASA forms with each Au.D. student.

Procedure: Each Au.D. student will meet with the Clinic Coordinator each semester to tally practicum hours and to update KASA forms per courses completed. Students are provided with updated copies of their KASA form.
Criterion: n=100%
Results: All students successfully completed this task through the third year.
Action: Continue procedure.

STRATEGY B: Review of student success in Au.D. coursework.

Procedure: The Audiology staff will annually compile and report mean GPA’s.
Criterion: Students maintain an overall 3.0 GPA or higher on courses completed throughout the Au.D. program.
Results:

Graduating Class  Mean GPA
2009 (n=3)3.9
2010 (n=6)3.8
2011 (n=8)3.7
2012 (n=7)3.8
2013 (n=6)3.9

Action: Continue monitoring.

STRATEGY C: Review of student scores on the National Examination/Praxis II.

Procedure: The Audiology staff will annually compile and report mean Praxis II exam scores.
Criterion: All students obtain a passing score on the Praxis exam.
Results:

Graduating Class  Mean PRAXIS
2009 (n=3)623
2010 (n=6)625
2011 (n=8)619
2012 (n=6)685
2013 (n=1)690 (old version)
2013 (n=4)176 (new version)

Action: Continue monitoring.

STRATEGY D: Internal program review of academic course content for identifying subject areas that require strengthening.

Procedure 1: The Audiology staff will annually compile and report mean Praxis exam scores by subcategory.
Criterion: Not established.
Results (Au.D. National Exam Profile):

Graduating classI. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII.
200967%63%70%64%59%71%73%68%
201066%59%74%60%64%65%76%65%
201159%43%77%52%68%70%77%67%

I. Basic Human Communication II. Prevention/ID III. Behavioral Assess/Interp IV. Electrophys Meas/Interp
V. Rehab Assessment VI Rehab Technology VII. Rehab Management VIII. Professional issues, psychometrics, research

Graduating class (revised test)I. II. III. IV. V.
201270%77%83%80%86%
201370%81%82%73%73%

I. Foundations II. Prevention/Identification III. Assessment IV. Intervention V. Professional Issues

Action: Continue monitoring.


9/20/2013 Meeting- Faculty revisited $13.33 per academic hour lab fee for SHS 612, 723 and 743.

Action: Recommendations will be forwarded to appropriate administrative committees for review.


8/23/2013 Meeting: Faculty voted to alter the sequence of SHS 721 and 722 for smoother content flow.

Action: Program of study form updated on website. Current first-year students contacted with link to updated program of studies form.


5/29/2013 Meeting: Faculty met to determine comprehensive exam test dates and pass-fail criteria. Faculty also agreed that this new, comprehensive exam will replace the ASHA Praxis (in Audiology) for students beginning with the Fall, 2013 class. Contingencies for current Au.D. students were discussed.

Action: New Au.D. students in the Fall, 2013 class and current Au.D. students will be informed of comprehensive exam policy updates.


10/9/2012, 1/25/2013 Meetings: As an additional strategy to improve ASHA National Exam Scores and program completion rates, the Audiology faculty agreed to develop a third-year, multiple-choice, comprehensive exam consisting of 150 items (from a pool of 400-500 items submitted by faculty from their courses) to be administered electronically via Blackboard.

Action: Faculty will generate and submit exam items for submission to the Blackboard test bank generator.


2/18/2011 Meeting: As a strategy for possibly improving national exam scores, the Audiology faculty voted to implement a qualifying examination in the second year of the Au.D. program. A separate comprehensive exam is under discussion.

Action: Qualifying exams will be initiated in 2013; this policy will impact students entering in the Fall of 2011 and thereafter.

Procedure 2: The Audiology faculty will review the curriculum.
Criterion: The committee meets at least annually.


9/9/2011- Curriculum committee members proposed an "Advanced Au.D." program for ASHA certified members who wish to obtain an Au.D. The proposal called for a 33 hour core and 21 hours of electives.

Action: Proposal has been submitted to the graduate school for Fall, 2012 semester implementation.

6/10/10 Meeting: The faculty identified a need to resequence SHS 625 (Instrumentation), SHS 621 (Amp I), and SHS 622 (Amp II). The former course occurs too late in the curriculum, while the latter courses occur too early.

Action: These courses will be resequenced effective Fall, 2010. The program of studies on the SHS web site and advisement forms will be updated to reflect this new sequence.

8/10/10 Meeting: On-campus supervisors and the program director reviewed SHS 688/694 outcomes and recommended:

  • a. SSN be replaced with Southern Miss ID# on the SHS 688/694 student KASA form;
  • b. An administrative category be added to supplement consultation and report writing on the SHS 688/694 student KASA form;
  • c. The aural rehab category on the SHS 688/694 KASA criteria work sheet be expanded to include additional indicators of compliance;
  • d. Fourth year externs should use the SHS 688/694 KASA form to log their experiences for quality control purposes.

Action: The SHS 688/694 student KASA form and criterion worksheet were revised to reflect the recommended revisions. Fourth year students will complete a weekly summary of their externship experiences effective Fall 2010.

STRATEGY E: Feedback from off-site clinical supervisors and externship supervisors.

Procedure: (See Clinical Work Plans, Strategy B).

STRATEGY F: Surveys in no less than a 3-year cycle of alumni and employers.

Procedure: The program director will conduct and report the results of alumni/employer surveys. (See Clinical Work Plans, Strategies E & F)

STRATEGY G: Review of holdings in the Southern Miss library as related to the goals and mission of the Au.D. Program.

Procedure: Jennifer Goshorn will survey the current Audiology holdings in the Southern Miss library.

STRATEGY H: Assessment of student participation in Departmental research activities.

Procedure: The program director will report the number of students who have participated in research activities.

  • 2010-11:
    • Goshorn, E., Lucus, M. and Kemker, B. Ambient Noise Levels and Reverberation Times in Mississippi School Rooms. Acoustical Society of America, 159th Meeting Lay Language Paper, April 2010.
    • Goshorn, E., White, K. and Kemker, B. (2010). In-situ measures of user’s preferred listening levels with a portable digital music device. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. Acoustical Society of America, POMA 8 040002.
    • Goshorn, E., Lucus, N. and Kemker, B. Ambient noise levels and reverberation times in Mississippi Elementary School Rooms. Research Poster presented at the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore MD April 20 2010.
    • Goshorn, E. and White, K. Effects of Sequence on NU-6 Word Difficulty. A paper presented at the American Academy of Audiology Meeting Chicago IL April 2011.
    • Goshorn, E, Marx, C., and Simmons, A. Effects of measurement method on P1 amplitude in young adults. Poster presented at the American Academy of Audiology Meeting, Chicago IL April 2011.
      (with data collection contributions by Nicole Buffington, Marshall McNeese, Kelly McNeil, Jade White, and Natalie Wyatt)
    • Goshorn, E. Marx, C., and Simmons, A. Effects of repeated measures on the late auditory evoked response. A paper presented at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA. May 27, 2011.
    • Lucus, M., Goshorn, E. and Kemker, B. Ambient Noise Levels and Reverberation Times in Mississippi School Rooms. Proceedings on Meetings in Acoustics (POMA) Acoustical Society of America, January 2011.
    • Marx, C., Simmons, A., and White, K. Amplitude variability the P1 complex of the late auditory evoked potential. (on-going research)
    • Marx, C. and Simmons, A. Working Knowledge and Comfort Level of Nurses Dealing with Hearing Impaired Patients. (unpublished survey)
    • Stephenson, L, Goshorn, E., Wakefield, H., Patton, L, and Lipscomb, T. Effects of noise on personal listening device listening levels, a student research poster presented at the American Academy of Audiology Meeting, Chicago IL April 2011.
    • Terrio, L., Oshrin, S., Berry, V., Goshorn, E., and and Patton, L. A Measured Outcomes Approach for Assessing the Au.D. Program at Southern Miss. Poster presented at the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Jackson, MS March, 2011.
    • Ward, K. and Goshorn, E. Perceptions of an individual wearing a hearing aid. iPod, Bluetooth Headset, and no device. Paper presented at Arkansas Speech and Hearing Association Convention, October 29, 2010.
    • White, K. and Goshorn, E. Preferred iPod Listening Levels Among College Students. Paper presented at the University of Southern Mississippi, College of Health Research Series, April 6, 2010.
    • Undergraduate Honors Thesis consults:
      • Goshorn, E., Marx, C. and Weeks, L.
      • Goshorn, E., Marx, C. and Henley, E.
  • 2011-12:
    • Lucus, N., Goshorn, E. L. and Kemker, B. E.(2011). Ambient Noise Levels and Reverberation Times in Mississippi School Rooms. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) Acoustical Society of America.
    • Simmons, A., Marx, C., and Goshorn, E. Agreement between Electrophysiological and Behavioral Measures of Children with Language Disorders, 2012 Graduate Student Research Symposium, University of Southern Mississippi, Thad Cochran Center, March 23, 2012.
    • Marx, C., Goshorn, E. and Simmons, A. The Late Auditory Potentials-A Research Review and Update. Mini-seminar accepted for presentation at the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association Convention, March 29, 2012.

STRATEGY I: Resource Assessment

Procedure (also see Clinical Goals, Strategy G) : The audiology faculty meets periodically to review and discuss the adequacy of academic, clinical, research resources. Needs identified in these meetings are conveyed to the department chair by the Au.D. program director. The chair, in turn, works with department committees or higher level administration to address the expressed concerns.

6/13: Additional equipment acquisitions-

  • Krohn-Hite 3382 filter
  • Tektronix FCA 3000 analyzer

1/12: Faculty identified needs for equipment updates for hearing aid evaluations and signal analysis in the psychoacoustics lab. The following equipment was purchased and is in place for the Fall, 2012 semester:

  • Tektronics DP 2012 digital oscilloscope
  • Crown D-75A power amplifier
  • GW Instek GAG810 signal generator
  • Stanford Research System SR760 FFT Spectrum Analyzer
  • Audioscan Verifit System

1/11: Faculty identified a need for additional space to house experimental psychoacoustic and electrophysiological equipment.
Action: Rm 215 JBG was converted from a small lecture room to a psychoacoustic/electrophysiological lab space.

1/11: Faculty identified a need for advanced ABR instrumentation for research purposes.
Action: A new Tucker Davis RZ6 research grade ABR system was purchased and installed.

 

2009-2017 Work Plan: Clinical Goals

A variety of sources will be reviewed to assess the currency, relevance, and completeness of clinical preparation of Au.D. students. These resources will include, but are not limited to:

STRATEGY A: Review of in-house clinical supervisor evaluations of students.

Procedure 1: Quality Assurance: first year students and second year students (as needed) will attend weekly meetings with the clinic coordinator in order to discuss clinical procedures, supervisory processes, and current professional topics, as well as to provide input into the Au.D. program.
Criterion: Mean semester attendance =/> 80%
Results (Quality Assurance Outcomes):

Semestern meetingsn students% attendance
Fa07/Sp0812/1014/782/96
Fa08/Sp099/98/8 100/97
Fa09/Sp109/56/5 100/97
*Fa10/Sp113/15/18 100/94
*Fa11/Sp126/05/0 100/0
**Fa12/Sp13na/8na/12na/98%

Action: Continue monitoring.
*Note: Fewer clinic meetings were required given shifts in content to SHS 625 (see AG Strategy D, Procedure 2, 6/10/10 meeting).
**Note: No meetings held in the Fall '12. Per policy changes, all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students are required to attend. Case studies introduced as a possible strategy for improving national exam scores.

Procedure 2: First, second, and third year students will complete self-assessments of their knowledge and skills.
Criterion: Mean self-ratings =/> 4 by the end of the third year experience.
Results (Mean self-assessments):

Graduating class KASA IV-CKASA IV-DKASA IV-E
2009Yr 14.74.23.6
Yr 24.74.44.2
Yr 34.74.44.5
2010Yr 14.03.93.5
Yr 24.44.34.0
Yr 34.54.54.4
2011Yr 12.62.52.4
Yr 24.34.13.9
Yr 34.84.54.5
2012Yr 13.73.63.3
Yr 24.14.13.7
Yr 34.54.14.0
2013Yr 13.73.33.3
Yr 24.24.13.8
Yr 34.84.54.2
2014Yr 14.23.93.6
Yr 24.64.54.2
Yr 34.24.24.1

Action: Continue monitoring.

STRATEGY B: Review of student evaluations by off-campus clinical supervisors.

Procedure 1: The Audiology staff will annually compile and report ratings of third year, off-campus students (re: SHS 688).
Criterion: Mean ratings =/>80%
Results (3rd yr Au.D. off-campus practica ratings by graduating class):

 2009 (n=3)2010 (n=6)2011 (n=8)2012 (n=7)2013 (n=6)2014 (n=5)
A. Interp/Prof100%95%97%97%98%
B. Clin Skills100%87%82%94%94%
*Overall ratingExcellent: 100% (n=5)
Satisfactory: 20% (n=1)**
Unsatisfactory: 0% (n=0)
*New instrument adopted 1/1/2013     ** Reflects multiple placements
A. Interpersonal/Professionalism   B. Clinical Skills

Action: Continue monitoring.

Procedure 2: The Audiology staff will annually compile and report ratings of fourth year (externship) students (re: SHS 694).
Criterion: Mean ratings =/> 80%
Results (4th year Au.D. extern ratings by graduating class):

 2009 (n=3)2010 (n=6)2011 (n=7)2012 (n=7)2013 (n=6)
A. Interp/Prof99%100%96%97%
B. Clin Skills97% 97%98%94%
Overall ratingExcellent: 100%
Satisfactory: 0%
Unsatisfactory: 0%

Action: Continue monitoring.

STRATEGY C: Completion of KASA clinical experiences.

Procedure 1: The Audiology staff will compile and report a profile of clinical experiences obtained by Au.D. students by KASA category (re: SHS 688).
Criterion: n =/> 100 occurrences
Results (Mean occurrences by category):

Graduating classIV-C: Prev /Identif. IV-D: Eval IV-E: Treatment
2009 (n=3)naD8*,D9*E10*
2010 (n=6)naD9* E10*
2011 (n=8)naD9* E10*
2012 (n=7)naD9* na
2013 (n=6)naD9* na
IV-C: Prevention IV-D: Evaluation IV-E: Treatment
*Deficit subcategories with a mean n <100

Action 8/2009: D8 (Electrodiagnostic testing).
A new instructor with extensive clinical expertise in electrophysiological procedures was added to the faculty in 2009. Administrative processes are underway to expand clinical experiences in this area. Clinical procedures that currently fall into this category will be emphasized in student orientation meetings.
Action 8/2010: D9 (Balance assessment).
Administrative processes are underway to expand clinical expertise in this area.
Action 8/2010: E10 (Conducts aural rehabilitation).
SHS 688 KASA indicators of compliance were expanded to include sample aural rehabilitative procedures currently in clinical use.

Procedure 2: The Audiology staff will compile and report a profile of clinical hours obtained by Au.D. students as a function of client age.
Criterion: Results should reflect experience with a variety of clients that covers the life span (re: SHS 688).
Results (Mean clinical hours by graduating class):

Age group2009 (n=3)2010 (n=6)2011 (n=8)2012 (n=7)2013 (n=6)
<19 years213307278189258
19-60 145141215213286
60+ 225163187237350

Action: Continue monitoring.

STRATEGY D: Feedback from students regarding quality and quantity of off-site clinical experiences.

Procedure: The Audiology staff will compile and report ratings of off-campus clinical supervisors (re: SHS 688).
Criterion: Mean ratings =/> 80%
Results (Mean ratings of off-campus supervisors):

Year(A) Wk Rl (B) Go/Ob (C) Mg Sk (D) Ob/An (E) Rec (F) Cl Prf (G) Cond
07100% 100%100%100%100%100%100%
0897%95%97%98%98%95%99%
0994%95%96%95%97%95%97%
1095%95%95%95%95%93%93%
1196%96%96%98%96%97%97%
1299%98%99%99%99%98%99%
1396%94%96%98%98%96%92%
(A) Working Relationships (B) Developing Goals and Objectives (C) Developing and Refining Management Skills
(D) Observing and Analyzing in Clinic (E) Developing and Maintaining Records (F) Evaluating Clinical Performance
(G) Modeling Professional Conduct

Action: Continue monitoring.

STRATEGY E: Information gathered from Program graduates in anonymous surveys.

Procedure: The Audiology staff will compile and report institutional ratings completed by graduating students.

Sampling period
2012-13
ItemYesNo
Are you currently employed?60
My current employment status is satisfactory60
Do you currently hold ASHA CCC-A credential?60
The academic component of the USM Au.D. program prepared me to conduct:
   basic audiologic diagnostics

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0
   auditory evoked potentials and vestibular testing33
   hearing aid evaluations and fittings51
   CAPD assessments33
My clinical experience in the USM Au.D. program prepared me to provide:
   basic and advanced diagnostic audiological evaluations

6

0
   hearing aid evaluations and fittings60
Overall, my educational experience (academic and clinical) at USM was satisfactory  51

STRATEGY F: Information gathered from surveys of employers of graduates.

Procedure: The program director will compile and report results of employer surveys of graduating students.

Sampling period: 2012-13
Employee rating itemsNot
prepared
Satisfactorily
prepared
N/AMed Ctr/
Hosp
Univ
/Coll
(Type of facility)11
Conductng basic evaluations02
Conducting hearing evaluations/fittings00
Conducting auditory evoked potentials testing11
Conducting vestibular testing02
administering treatment for balance disorders02
administering auditory processing evaluations011
preparating to be involved in the conduct of research011
preparation to begin employment as an audiologist0

STRATEGY G: Review of clinical tools, instrumentation, methods, and procedures available and used in the Department.

Procedure (also see Academic Goals, Strategy I): The program director will compile requisite information. The procedure will be initiated in the 2011-12 school year.

  • 2012-13:
    • Attained provider status for Mississippi Magnolia Health Plan
    • Completing credentialing process for United Health Care and Tri-Care Health plans
  • 2010-11:
    • The Audioloy Clinic became a Medicaid service provider;
    • The weekly Forrest General Hospital NICU hearing testing program was expanded to a monthly NICU Developmental Followup Clnic.

Submit comments about this document or suggestions for revisions, additions, or deletions to Ed Goshorn.

Peer reviewed: 6/16/11
Updated: 9/24/13

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