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Student Assessment

Student assessment at ENMU is designed to show fidelity and accountability with our CDIS program mission.  The mission of the communicative disorders program is:

  • To meet the needs of the community and to better serve those having communicative impairments by providing high quality but affordable diagnostic and rehabilitative services
  • To increase the number of competent therapy providers by increasing the number of Bachelor's and Master's graduates in speech language pathology each year, and...
  • To provide a comprehensive outcome-based education supplemented by active learning experiences, both on and off campus to CDIS students at ENMU.

Students obtaining a baccalaureate degree in CDIS should be academically capable and show proficiency with pre-professional competencies (graduate program pre-requisite skills) in CDIS content areas, basic research, introductory clinical practice, and verbal/written presentation abilities. The comprehensive nature of the undergraduate program, with its emphasis on a broad theoretical foundation in normal and disordered human communication is to prepare students for graduate study in speech/language pathology and/or audiology.

Graduate students in CDIS must demonstrate entry-level competence as defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation policy and as specified by Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) learning outcomes. ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The use of KASA learning outcomes as recommended by ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with accreditation standards related to preparing students to meet ASHA certification requirements. The KASA learning outcomes link knowledge and skills area standards as specified by the CFCC with specific graduate curriculum knowledge and skills that must be acquired by the conclusion of the graduate program. The overall mission of the Graduate program in CDIS is to prepare students for national certification and licensure as practicing speech-language pathologists.

The undergraduate program is designed to:

  • Provide students with a general liberal arts education
  • Provide a basic foundation in normal communication processes
  • Provide a basic foundation in disordered communication
  • Provide students with fundamental training in the understanding, assessment, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

The graduate program builds upon the undergraduate program with the following academic goals.  We aim to:

  • Produce skilled, certification eligible speech-language pathologists
  • Provide advanced training in communication development
  • Provide advanced training in disordered communication
  • Provide advanced training in assessment and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders (including swallowing disorders).
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills required by the New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology


The graduate program intends to:

  • Provide students with opportunities for clinical observation
  • Provide students clinical practicum opportunities
  • Provide students with sufficient classroom and clinical experiences to achieve all knowledge and skill outcomes as developed by the Program and in accordance with Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence.

Consistent with this misison, students in the CDIS Program will engage in various forms of assessment.  Assessment for individual courses will be explained ion syllabi.  Cumulative capstone requirements are listed below.

Graduate Capstone Experiences

Successful completion of Graduate Capstone experiences is required prior to graduation approval.
These include:

  • A grade of "B" or better in CDIS 590: Graduate Seminar
  • Successful completion of all Graduate Research Project requirements to include a grade of B or better in CDIS 573: Clinical Research Colloquium
  • A grade of B or better in CDIS 589: Internship in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Achievement of all ENMU Knowledge and Skills Acquisition outcomes (KASA)
  • Passing marks on the Graduate Student Portfolio
  • Submission of an original copy of NESPA scores to the CDIS Program Director by the last semester of enrollment.

Portfolio Due Dates

All portfolios are due by 5 p.m. on the following schedule:

  • If graduating in a fall semester, your portfolio is due on the last Friday in October.
  • If graduating in a spring or summer semester, your portfolio is due on the first Friday in April.
  • If a due date falls during a University Recess, portfolios will be due the week prior.

Your portfolio will remain in the CDIS office as a part of your permanent student record.

The Portfolio Scoring Rubric may be accessed on our Program Documents webpages.

Knowledge and Skills Outcomes

To graduate, students must meet knowledge and skills outcomes (as measured by the KASA form) that have been developed by the department in accordance with certification standards. ASHA certification standards are presented in their entirety in the Graduate Student Handbook or at The KASA Outcome Checklist used by the ENMU CDIS department can be found online in Communicative Disorders Program Documents.

Progress toward achieving outcomes is provided to students each semester. Students who fail to meet outcomes will receive a remediation/intervention plan which may include:

  • Receiving clinical assignments
  • Additional academic assignments (to include presentations)
  • Taking a remedial class
  • Repeating outcome exams
  • Remediation Examinations (REXes)
  • Taking comprehensive oral and/or written examinations
  • Independent research studies (CDIS 579)
  • Retaking a class
  • Other similar activities designed to demonstrate specific knowledge/skill competence as determined by the faculty.

Students with questions about knowledge and skills outcomes should contact Dr. Suzanne Swift, CDIS program director/graduate coordinator.


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