Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology: Reno
There has been a shortage of speech-language pathologists in Nevada for many years and the trend continues as the population of Nevada increases and ages. According to the December, 2000 Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 15.5 speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Nevada per 100,000 population, which is about one-half the national average of 32.7. In 2006, the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections indicated that the national growth rate for speech-language pathology jobs would increase 11% creating “excellent job opportunities” for speech-language pathologists. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation projects a growth rate of 41% in the State of Nevada from 2004 to 2014. Many surrounding states, such as Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, and California, were reported to also have a high rate of job growth. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association also reports that there are critical shortages of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in many rural areas. The Department should maintain efforts to sustain enrollment in all degree programs.
Maintain Research Productivity
Research productivity has been high. Faculty should continue collaborative research efforts and continue to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities. Continue efforts to secure extramural funding.
Develop Computer-Based Clinical Management System
The Department should incorporate additional technology into clinical administration, management, and supervisor-student interaction. For example, computer-based client registration and scheduling; computer based record keeping, and chart storage and computer integrated student reporting.
Increasing Use of Educational Technology in the Classroom and Clinic
A major mission of the Department focuses on the clinical training of our graduate students. This effort requires a substantial faculty commitment to developing increasingly more specialized clinical programs that reflect current needs and future trends. This mission may be enhanced by utilizing current technology available and by expanding innovations as the opportunities become available.