Mission

University Mission

The University of Southern Mississippi is a community of engaged citizens, operating as a public, student-centered, doctoral-granting research university serving Mississippi, the nation, and the world. The University is dedicated to scholarship and learning, integrating students at all levels in the creation and application of knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach, and service. The University nurtures student success by providing distinctive and competitive educational programs embedded in a welcoming environment, preparing a diverse student population to embark on meaningful life endeavors.

Vision

The University of Southern Mississippi aspires to be a model student-centered public research university that prepares students to thrive in a global society by providing high quality programs and transformative experiences in a community distinguished by inclusiveness.

Values

The mission of the institution is supported by the following values:

  • Research and instructional excellence focused on student success at all teaching sites and through campus-based and distance education
  • Student engagement that fosters personal growth, professional development, and a lifelong commitment to wellness
  • An inclusive community that embraces the diversity of people and ideas
  • Institutional governance that respects academic freedom and faculty inclusion
  • A campus culture characterized by warmth and mutually-supportive connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • An approach to academics, research, and personal conduct based on integrity and civility
  • An evolving curriculum that fosters lifelong curiosity and critical thinking
  • Community participation that promotes social responsibility and citizenship

Institutional Strategic Goals

  • Support student success to foster retention, progression and graduation
  • Promote teaching, research, and creative excellence
  • Strategically expand undergraduate and graduate enrollment
  • Strengthen economic and community partnerships
  • Invest in faculty and staff to maximize their potential
  • Promote a culture of inclusiveness of people and ideas
  • Enhance physical, technological, and financial infrastructure to support our mission, vision, and values
  • Improve efficiency and effectiveness of institutional processes and system

Posted 3/21/17 from the Provost's website


College of Health Mission

The mission of the College of Health is to create, apply and transmit expert knowledge, within and across the domains of its constituent disciplines, for the well-being and betterment of individuals, community, state, nation and world.


Department Mission Statements

Audiology and speech-language pathology programs

In congruence with the University of Southern Mississippi and the College of Health, the mission of the audiology and speech-language pathology programs is to educate students to become competent professionals in the field of communication disorders. Competence should be construed to mean not only academic and clinical competencies, but also competence extending to professional integrity. Integrity in this context means honesty, upholding clients’ welfare and providing clinical services that are consistent with the latest developments in the field. Through the provision of academic course work and clinical experience, the program will ensure that all graduating students are eligible for national certification pending approval of ASHA.

  • Strategic Themes:
    • two professions (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology), one discipline;
    • scholarly based clinical services;
    • diversity;
    • advocacy.
  • Related Issues:
    • academic excellence;
    • clinical excellence;
    • integrity;
    • responsiveness to the needs of the clients and the communities (local, state, regional, national);
    • research-based.
  • Objectives (action-oriented statements):
    • enhance clinical effectiveness;
    • increase scholarly commitment and the scientific base;
    • increase the number, diversity and cultural competence of professionals;
    • increase grassroots advocacy by professionals in the field of communication disorders, related fields, consumers and stakeholders;
    • improve evidence-based services (rational evidence and empirical evidence);
    • improve customized programs and services;
    • foster faculty development;
    • keep abreast of technological advancements.
  • Goals:
    • to establish on-going reviews of the departmental academic and clinical policies and activities to ensure excellence of training and clinical services:
      • such reviews will be conducted annually;
      • departmental faculty and stakeholders will participate in the reviews.
    • to provide appropriate training so that the students will become qualified to obtain the Certificates of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology;
    • to encourage empathy and understanding of clients’ perspectives;
    • to appreciate cultural differences of clients;
    • to promote continued education and development of the professional staff;
    • to continually upgrade physical facilities and equipment;
    • to ensure that clinical services are based on scholarship.

Education of the Deaf programs

In congruence with the mission of the University of Southern Mississippi and the College of Health, the mission of the Education of the Deaf programs is to prepare flexible teachers of the deaf with the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions to teach a diverse population of children with hearing loss, birth-21 years of age. Teacher/clinician competencies and dispositions are developed and measured in each degree program and are consistent with current best practices in the field. Through a combination of course work, sequential practicum and culminating student teaching experiences, aligned with CEC/CED and NCATE teacher education preparation standards, the program ensures that graduating students are eligible to apply for the Mississippi State Department of Education licensure appropriate for each degree, Bachelor's (K-12) and Master's (Birth to 6).

  • Undergraduate Program: BA (Education of the Deaf)
    • To prepare flexible teachers who are able to educate diverse students who are deaf and hard of hearing through their unique language and communication modalities: American Sign Language, manually coded English or listening and spoken language.
    • To prepare teachers of the deaf to educate diverse students who are deaf and hard of hearing who are learning in diverse K-12 educational settings across the nation as:
      • itinerant teachers in inclusive general education settings;
      • resource room teachers;
      • teachers in self-contained classrooms in schools/programs for the deaf (ASL, BI-BI, Auditory-Oral).
  • Graduate Program: MS (Deaf Education) with a concentration in Early Oral Intervention
    • To develop listening, speech and spoken language with infants and young children who are deaf and hard of hearing ages birth to six and their families through early intervention and early childhood learning;
    • To optimize each child's ability to learn language through listening and the use of advanced hearing technologies such as digital hearing aids, bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA), cochlear implants and FM systems.
  • Strategic Themes:
    • one profession (education of the deaf and hard of hearing children); two degrees with different philosophical perspectives;
    • scholarly, evidenced-based early intervention and educational services;
    • diversity of teacher candidates and diversity in instructional approaches;
    • advocacy
  • Related issues:
    • academic excellence;
    • clinical/educational performance excellence;
    • integrity;
    • responsiveness to the needs of parents, programs and schools in communities (local, state, regional, national);
    • research-based.
  • Objectives:
    • increase scholarly commitment and the scientific base;
    • increase the number, diversity and cultural competence of professionals;
    • enhance early intervention clinical and teacher instructional effectiveness;
    • keep abreast of technological advancements to enhance learning for deaf and hard of hearing children;
    • keep abreast of technological advancements to enhance instruction;
    • keep abreast of advances in the field;
    • improve evidence-based services and teaching;
    • increase grassroots advocacy by professionals in the field of early intervention and education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, related fields, consumers and stakeholders.
  • Goals:
    • to establish on-going reviews of the programmatic academic and clinical/educational policies and activities to ensure excellence of training, clinical services and teaching-
      • such reviews to be conducted annually;
      • program and departmental faculty and stakeholders will participate in the reviews.
    • to provide appropriate training and preparation so that students will become qualified to obtain Mississippi State Department of Education Licensure and Certification (K-12) or (Birth to Six);
    • to encourage empathy and understanding of the perspectives of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families and school-aged students;
    • to appreciate and practice with diversity issues in mind;
    • to promote team collaboration in preparation and service.

Submit comments about this document or suggestions for revisions, additions, or deletions to the department chair.

8/30/10
Rev: 5/9/17