Strategic Plan and Mission

Our educational philosophy is grounded in educating our students to be sensitive, respectful, knowledgeable practitioners in the field of improving the abilities of communicatively-impaired persons. In this regard, we insure that our teaching encourages our trainees’ appreciation of the diversity of our society and the value of all members of that society, especially, for us, those individuals whose communication disabilities may hinder their social functioning.  This approach involves formulating course content that reflects the fundamental principles of STJ’s Catholic, Vincentian, and Metropolitan mission. 


2008-2013 Strategic Plan

  1. Mission:  Inherent in being charged with educating students for the ministry of improving the communication abilities of persons with communication impairments, we must insure that we encourage the development of our students’ appreciation of the diversity of our society and the value of all members of that society–especially, for us, those with communication disabilities.  This involves being sure that course content reflects a framework that integrates the fundamental principles of STJ’s Catholic, Vincentian, and Metropolitan mission. 
     
  2. Engagement:  We will continue to encourage our faculty to employ student-centered interactions, engaging in regular conversation both inside and outside of the classroom.  A number of outside-the-classroom initiatives, which were described in the summary of Student Engagement discussions that took place during the 2008-09 academic year, will be continued.  These included formal meetings of faculty with student groups as well as individual student-faculty research activities. 
     
  3. Global Education
    We will foster this transformation by developing courses to be offered through Global Studies that expose students to the issues in communicatively-impaired persons in less advantaged countries. 
     
  4. Resource Development and Allocation
    To enhance resource development and prioritize resource allocation to achieve our vision, we plan to develop additional Online Learning courses and to make effective use of the Speech Laboratory facilities on the Queens and Staten Island campuses.