Presidential Address

Rosalind R. Scudder, Ph.D.

Wichita State University


 






Introduction and Acknowledgments

I’m delighted to welcome you to the 1998 Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CGPCSD). I realize I should begin this address with a joke of some kind, but I came unprepared. I’ve called upon my colleagues here and I want to tell you, I’ve heard many jokes yesterday and today, none of which are repeatable! Rodger Dalston, Program Assistant Chair, made me feel better, though. He asked me yesterday what I was planning to say in my address and I told him that it was hard to write it because it seemed pretty boring just to recapitulate what had already been reported in the Status Reports and at our November meeting. Rodger helped ease my concerns by saying that my remarks would only be the second-most boring part of the program; the most boring would be listening to them!

So, to get on with it, I’m sure you will join with me in appreciation of our Program Committee: Elaine McNeice, Chair; Rodger Dalston, Assistant Chair; Kim Wilcox, Executive Board liason; and Mary Ambroe, Ex-Officio. They have done an excellent job and many hours of work to ensure an outstanding meeting. Selecting and organizing topics of interest, arranging breakout groups in an innovative way, and finding the best speakers and discussion group leaders and recorders are only a few of their accomplishments. The many details of the meeting from the conference room arrangements, the break and banquet menus, the program printing and dissemination, information packets, etc. are taken from conception to actuality with the very capable help of Mary Ambroe and Frances Laven, our executive administrators. We owe them and the Program Committee our thanks.

Most important, the issues we will hear presented and have a chance to discuss are relevant and timely. In our various geographical locations, we are all truly in a "climate of change" and we look forward to being able to learn more strategies for dealing with the CSD professorate for the 21st century, measuring educational outcomes, and the promise and reality of instructional uses of technology. We look forward to these sessions of learning intertwined with hot topics, informal networking, and numerous opportunities to celebrate with good food, great colleagues, and fun entertainment.

This past year of Council activities could not have been successful without the members of the Executive Board and to them I owe many thanks: Past-President Maurice Mendel; President-Elect Kim Wilcox; Secretary, Chuck Speaks; Treasurer, Denny Nash; Jon Miller, Chair of the Professional Development and Advocacy Committee; Linda Petrosino, Chair of the Information Exchange Committee; and Pollie Murphy, Chair of Publications Committee. This group has worked hard on our behalf and I’ve enjoyed the association with them. I also want to thank our legal and legislative consultant, Morgan Downey, who will be joining us later this week. Finally, again I’d like to thank Mary and Frances for their invaluable help to the Council. Many times, I’ve prevailed on their wisdom, sense of Council history, and just plain helpfulness! We’re fortunate to have them.

Our attendance at this conference is outstanding! We continue to set new records, speaking to the importance of this meeting in our professional lives. At the risk of overlooking someone, I’d like to acknowledge a number of guests who will be with us during the conference. There are several representatives from the ASHA national office: Pat Cole, Director of membership Services and Career Development; Vic Gladstone, Associate Director for Audiology; Harriet Kaplan, Interim Director of Academic Affairs; Tess Kirsch, Accreditation Program Manager, Stephanie Davidson, Chair of Professional Services Board, and Diane Paul-Brown, Director of speech-Language Pathology Division. We will miss a familiar face at our conferences; Fred Spahr is unable to be here due to a death in the family. I’d like to acknowledge and give special thanks to Harriet Kaplan for the work she’s done with the Council. I’ve found her to be helpful and gracious to work with. She is taking her second retirement in June when Dr. Deborah Busacco will begin as Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Busacco has been on the faculties of Hunter college, Hofstra, Howard, and Gallaudet in various audiology positions, and has been a Research Associate at Walter Reed. We welcome Dr. Busacco, also in attendance, and look forward to working with her.

ASHA Executive Board members here for the conference include Noma Anderson, VP for Academic Affairs, John Bernthal, VP for Quality of Practice, Nancy Creaghead, VP for Professional Practices in Speech Pathology, Janis Ingham, VP for Research and Scientific Affairs, and ASHA President-Elect, Donna Geffner. Nancy Swigert, President of ASHA, sends her regrets at being unable to attend due to a conflicting engagement. We are pleased to have with us Sharon Fujikawa, AAA President. I would particularly like to welcome the NSSLHA Representative, Susan Laskey. The NAPP Executive Board is represented by Marjorie Goodban, Karin Johnson, and Jim Naas. International members in attendance are Paula Square, University of Toronto; James Stouffer, University of Western Ontario, and Albert Villanueva-Reyes, University of Puerto Rico. Undergraduate only program members include Dan Tullos, and Judy Vander Woude.

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors, and specifically to Dr. and Mrs. Sadanand Singh from the Singular Publishing Group, and Mr. Wayne Gressett, of the Psychological Corporation. Other invited guests will be introduced as they appear on the program. Last night we introduced a reception for first-time attendees and I’d like to recognize the "first-timers" among us and ask that you all help make them feel welcome. You’ll be able to spot them easily by the red dots on their name tags!

Activities of the Council During the Past Year

1997 Resolutions

Following the 1997 conference, resolutions were distributed to members programs through mail ballot and nine were passed. I’d like to discuss them by grouped topic.

Three Working Groups were established: on Pre- and Post-Doctoral Education, Educational Outcomes, and Diversity. As reported at the November meeting and in the October Status Report, members were appointed, the groups received their charges, and they have been working throughout the year. Saturday during the Update Session we’ll have a chance to hear their reports.

We reiterated the Council’s position against degree entitlement, and drafted a resolution for ASHA LC asking for the recision of LC 44-93, the action that established the Au.D. as the preferred title for the practice of audiology. Although the resolution was defeated in November, the Standards Council has changed the language to "a doctorate" as the preferred title.

We communicated with the ASHA Certification Board supporting the development of CCC standards that are less prescriptive and are focused more on outcomes.

We began work on an updated Long Range Plan for the Council. In your packets you’ll see the charge to the Long Range Planning Task Force, developed for us by President-Elect, Kim Wilcox. We decided at yesterday’s Executive Board meeting to ask Past Presidents to serve on that Task Force that I will chair. I’m also looking for volunteers among council members, so please see me during the breaks if you are interested.

Finally, we have invited undergraduate only programs to join the Council. You’ll hear in our membership report Saturday that we now have two new, undergraduate-only program members, and we look forward to more programs joining the Council. Subsequent actions by the Executive Board are to change the name of the Council and the necessary Article and Bylaw changes if the name change is approved. We’ll be addressing these issues Saturday during the Business and Plenary Session

Committees and Working Groups

Although we’ve come to expect it, I’d like to acknowledge the very important work done by our committees and working groups. The publishing of the Conference Proceedings and the collecting of data and Survey publishing represent a great amount of work by volunteer committee chairs and members. This work continues behind the scenes and exceeds our expectations year after year. Also, the members and chairs of the working groups, as reported earlier, contribute their time and efforts to carry out the wishes of Council members. A Working Group from last year, on undergraduate education, remained active this year. We look forward to hearing reports from Council committees and working groups on Saturday.

Technology Update

As reported in the February Status Report, Maurice Mendel has agreed to be the Council Webmaster for the next three years. Through Maurice’s guidance we are truly becoming "electronic". Posting of the directory, status reports, academic postings, etc. are quickly accomplished with Maurice’s help. Maurice is now beginning to work on various HomePage postings. I urge you to check regularly the Council HomePage at www.cgpcsd.org (this address is listed in the front of the Council directory). Executive Board members appreciate Maurice’s work and are getting used to hearing, "And we’ll want to post that...." of "if you send me the....."

Archivist

I’m happy to announce that Barbara Shadden has agreed to serve as Council Archivist. She will be responsible for maintaining the historical records in our office in Minneapolis. The first task will be a sorting and sifting through the accumulated "treasures" and establishing a system for record maintenance. She will be assisted on this visit by Bob Erickson, a person with rich council history.

Surveys

The Executive Board and several members communicated with editors of US News and World Reports prior to and following the publishing of the magazine’s inclusion of speech-language pathology and audiology programs in the issue promoting the survey results of graduate schools. ASHA President, Nancy Swigert, also wrote a letter protesting the unscientific methods used in collecting data. Magazine editors continue to maintain that the survey was valid and that the methods they used were correct. They stated a willingness to work with us, but I suspect that nothing will change and our programs will be included in subsequent years’ surveys.

The Executive Board discussed the need for the Council to conduct our own reputational survey in the manner that we deem valid. We will present a plan for members with doctoral programs only as a beginning trial. To begin, we’ll be contacting only those programs with doctoral education. A plan to conduct a voluntary three-question survey at no cost to the Council is being developed. We will then assess the participation and evaluation of the survey to make necessary changes.

We also recognize the need for survey information of other types. Frequent requests have indicated a need for academic salary information, and we are working to develop a method of that data collection, to be discussed at our July board meeting.

Interactions with Other Associations

I am pleased to report that a mini Board to Board meeting with the ASHA Executive Board was held in January in Chicago. Kim Wilcox, Maurice Mendel, and I met with Nancy Swigert, John Bernthal, Nancy Creaghead, and Noma Anderson for an agenda-packed day. We left that meeting with a renewed commitment to working together and communicating openly and often. In fact, communication seemed to be the theme of the meeting, and with the development of ASHA’s new list serve, Council EB members are certainly more "in the know." Also discussed were the reauthorization of IDEA and future plans, AuD education, the Guides to Graduate Education and to Doctoral Education, SID 10 and Council interactions, ASHA networking opportunities at the Council’s annual conference, and the status of research and scientific efforts of the two groups.

The two boards made plans for a conference call in July when the Council members will have a chance to inform ASHA members of our resolutions and plan of work for the coming year. A face to face meeting is also planned for January 1999.

Also with ASHA, we’ve been asked to appoint a representative to the ad hoc committee on the development of an Academy of Communication Sciences. Fred Minifie will be our representative. I will serve as a Council representative on a committee on mentoring.

Maurice, Kim, and I are meeting for lunch today with Sharon Fujikawa of AAA and Vic Gladstone, ASHA, to brainstorm about ways of working together in the education of audiologists. We look forward to increased communication and interaction with AAA.

The Future of the Council

Growth is a key word in our present and for our future. We’ve grown in membership, in conference attendance, and in national recognition. I believe we are viewed as a group to be "reckoned with," and listened to. We support each other as we face challenges in academe, and we raise the consciousness of other organizations and governmental agencies as we continue to push for recognition of the research and science bases of our professions.

And so I welcome you to this conference, and urge you to sit back and enjoy the speakers, participate in the discussions, enjoy the networking opportunities. Don’t forget your sunscreen!