Submitted Spring, 2004
Written Comprehensive Exam
(Objectives 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
The comprehensive exam is a four-part exam (8 hours) covering normal processes of communication, clinical issues in children, clinical issues in adults, and professional issues. Each question is graded by two faculty members using the criteria of high pass, pass, low pass, and fail. Candidates must achieve an 80% overall in order to pass.
Nine students wrote comprehensive exams during the 2003/2004 academic year. All students passed with the overall ratings ranging from 80% to 94% and an average score of 84%. Category breakdowns are as follows: High Pass = 3 students; Pass = 5 students; Low Pass = 1 student; Fail = 0 students.
Data from this and previous administrations of this assessment indicate that the department is providing the appropriate knowledge base and clinical experiences for our students. One question in the area of professional issues indicated that students are not aware of the process for verifying students for SLP services in the public schools. Based on this information, the faculty has decided that this information should be added to several courses at the graduate level. Each of the courses (4) involve assessment and treatment of communication disorders that would be present in a public school caseload. Additionally, the information will be first introduced to undergraduates in the undergraduate course, CDIS 488: Senior Seminar.