This has been an AMAZING year for all of us here at Molloy College. First, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) awarded the M.S. Program the opportunity to offer teacher certification to our graduate students in speech-language pathology. This certification is commonly referred to as the TSSLD and was the result of the tireless efforts of Professor Joanne Ascher, who initiated the application and the discussions with NYSED. Second, the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and SpeechLanguage Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, awarded the MS degree program accreditation for a period of five years. This was the result of several years of planning and implementation. Our dedicated faculty, staff and students all contributed to this effort. The most rewarding part of this endeavor was on September 22, 2014 when the CAA site visitors arrived on campus to complete the official inspection. Spending 2 full days interviewing administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the team of 3 professionals examined the policies, procedures, curriculum and credentials of the faculty and the College. Their anecdotal comments revealed that they found us organized, thorough, and consistent in dealing with professional preparation. At the conclusion of the 2 day visit the site visitors provided their remarks to the faculty. The faculty were pleased by the numerous positive comments and the glowing nature of their report. That initial report was submitted to the CAA who subsequently met in February to discuss the program. Dr. Bogner was notified in March 2015 that accreditation was awarded. Thank you to the administrators, faculty, staff and students for their cooperation and participation during this time. The dedicated efforts on the part of the entire department have resulted in the provision of a rigorous, consistent, program that prepares students for professional practice in an ever changing society
Schmidt, Barbara T. Ph.D., "Let's Talk Speech! Volume 8 Issue 1" (2015). Communication Sciences and Disorders Newsletter. 6.