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The Mission, Vision, Objectives, Organizational Philosophy, and Milestones of the School of Allied Health Sciences

A. Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS) is, 1) to provide a high quality, student-centered learning environment for graduate and undergraduate education in the allied health professions, 2) advance knowledge through scholarship and research, and, 3) provide clinical services that improve health quality of life in Texas and the nation. As part of a state supported university system, we serve the people of Texas, with particular emphasis on developing regional solutions to meet the educational and clinical needs of rural communities of west Texas.

B. Vision Statement

To earn regional and national recognition for excellence in graduate and undergraduate allied health sciences education, research and clinical services.

We will progress toward achieving this vision by:

  1. Achieving high levels of excellence in teaching, research and clinical service while fostering the professional and personal competence, growth and success of our students, faculty and staff.
  2. Providing an environment that values, supports and rewards research and other scholarly activities.
  3. Contributing to the improvement of health status and the reduction of health disparities in the communities we serve.
  4. Expanding the cultural and ethnic diversity of our student body, faculty and staff.
  5. Remaining responsive to the evolving needs of the students, patients and communities we serve.

C. Objectives

Objective 1: Enhance our national reputation for educational excellence

Objective 2: Enhance our research and scholarly activities

Objective 3: Expand external funding

Objective 4: Maintain and sustain enrollment

Objective 5: Enhance the diversity of students, faculty and staff

Objective 6: Enhance and expand education and research focused around Ph.D. programs

D. Organizational Philosophy

  1. As a multi-campus, regional element of the TTUHSC education system, we seek to encourage maximum learning and enhance the accessibility of our educational programs and services by applying a variety of innovative educational approaches and technologies.
  2. We seek, through our research and clinical service activities, to contribute positively to improving the general health status and overall quality of life of the people of west Texas, while enhancing our professional and clinical competence.
  3. Our faculty are, first and foremost, student-oriented and teaching focused. We value activities that enhance teaching effectiveness and learning while seeking to create an environment conductive to research and effective clinical service.
  4. Our staff are student-oriented professionals who provide high-quality, responsive service3 to students and faculty. We strive to maintain an empowering environment based on mutual trust, respect and partnership among faculty, staff and students.
  5. We accomplish our mission with the context of the mission, vision and policies of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Board of Regents.

E. Milestones

1981 67th Texas Legislature approves funding for the school
1983 First students (19) accepted
1985 Full accreditation received for programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Medical Technology
1991 Emergency Medical Services program added
1993 Department of Communication Disorders transferred from TTU where it had existed since 1928
1994 Expansion of PT and OT programs to Amarillo and Odessa with extensive reliance on HealthNet

Expansion of PT Program from B.S. to M.P.T.
1998 Summer. Texas Tech University System (TTUS) Chancellor and Board of Regents identify enrollment growth as a strategic imperative for TTU and TTUHSC.

Fall. TTUHSC President challenges the TTUHSC Schools to plan, develop, obtain institutional approval for, and implement strategies that will support overall TTUHSC enrollment growth. President specifically challenges the School of Allied Health (SOAH) to become the "enrollment growth engine" of the university.

Fall. SOAH establishes "The Executive Committee" (TEC) as a permanent planning group for the School. It is composed of the Department Chairs, Regional Deans, Director of Admissions and Student Affairs, Director of Administration, and the Dean. It meets weekly providing operational and strategic planning, guidance and direction for the School

Fall. The SOAH Department Chairs, Program Directors and faculty begin an iterative planning process, guided by TEC and designed to develop alternative proposals for enrollment growth and academic program expansion within each department.

Fall. Planning begins to develop new program concept proposals for Board of Regents approval. The concept proposals for a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.), Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.), and B.S. in Emergency Medical Systems Management are developed in close coordination with the TTUHSC President and senior administrators. Detailed plans, which include 5-year cost and revenue projections are required for each proposal. Each proposal is reviewed by a special "BOR Agenda Book" meeting of the President's Executive Council before getting final presidential approval for inclusion as a TTUHSC item for consideration. The Office of the Chancellor concurs and approves each item for inclusion on the next BOR meeting agenda.
1999 May. The BOR approves the SOAH new program concept proposals for the AuD, MOT and BS in Emergency Medical Services Management. The departments move ahead in developing and submitting program proposals for each to The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

June. The B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies enrolls first student cohort in temporary facilities on the Midland College campus.

June. The new program proposals requesting authority to implement a Masters of Occupational Therapy and a B.S. in Emergency Medical System Management and grant the appropriate degrees are endorsed by the TTUHSC President and submitted to THECB.

August. The year-long process of school-wide strategic planning culminates in the completion of a final draft statement of SOAH Strategic Goals and Objectives for 2000-2005. It is presented to the SOAH faculty, TTUHSC President and senior executive staff for review and comment.

September. The SOAH faculty ratify the Strategic Plan on September, 10, 1999. The President approves the plan in principle with minor changes.

September. A $1.2 million renovation project is started for a permanent facility for the SOAH in Odessa.

October. The TTUHSC President approves the SOAH Strategic Plan (2000-2005). The Plan includes a "Strategic Growth Initiative" involving the phased development and implementation of new and upgraded academic degree programs that will meet market demands for increased educational access and expand SOAH enrollment by 50 percent to 725 students by 2005.

October. The President, Chancellor and Board of Regents approve a new degree concept proposal for a Master of Vocational Rehabilitation (later changed to Rehabilitation Counseling), Master of Athletic Training (MAT) and a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) in Physical Therapy, and authorizes the development and submission of new degree program proposals to THECB.

October. THECB approves proposals for a B.S. in Emergency Medical Services Management (EMSM) and the MOT.
2000 January. A new program proposal requesting authority to implement a Master of Vocational Rehabilitation program and grant the MVR degree is submitted to THECB.

February. A new program proposal requesting authority to implement a Master of Athletic Training program and grant the MAT degree is submitted to THECB.

February. The Board of Regents approves a new degree program concept proposal for a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) and authorizes the submission of a new degree program proposal to THECB.

March. TTUHSC hosts a THECB-directed site visit with regard to the proposed Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.

March. Construction begins on a $3 million permanent 14,750 sq. ft. facility for the PA Program on the Midland College campus.

April. A new program proposal requesting authority to implement a Master of Physician Assistant Studies and grant the MPAS degree is submitted to THECB.

May. The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences relocates to a $2.2 million renovated facility at the TTUHSC campus.

June. The Master of Occupational Therapy program is implemented with enrollment of its first cohort of students.

July. THECB approves proposals for a Doctor of Audiology (AuD), Master of Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) and Master of Athletic Training (MAT).

Fall. Four academic programs (AuD, MVR, MAT, BS-EMSM) are implemented with the first student cohorts for the Fall 2000 semester. The AuD is the first program of its kind west of the Mississippi.

September. SOAHS-Odessa is relocated into the completed permanent facility.

September. THECB approves the proposal for a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS).

December. The Board of Regents approves new degree program concept proposals for a Master of Science in Molecular Pathology, Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science, and a BS in Clinical Support Services Management (BS, CSSM; later renamed BS in Clinical Service Management – CSM). Authorization to develop and submit new degree program proposals to THECB is received.
2001 February. The Board of Regents approves the proposal to establish the Center for Brain Mapping and Cortical Studies within the SOAH. This center will serve as a platform for multidisciplinary research and clinical service and is an essential component of a long-term plan to amass faculty and research capabilities needed to support a planned Ph.D. program in Communication Science and Disorders.

April. $150,000 equipment procurement completed for the Center for Brain Mapping and Cortical Studies.

May. Authorization is received from the President to implement a post-professional, clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy and grant the ScD, PT. The proposal is submitted to THECB.

June. The PA Program relocates into a permanent TTUHSC facility on the campus of Midland College.

June. The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is implemented with the enrollment of its first cohort of students.

July. A new program proposal requesting authority to implement a M.S. in Molecular Pathology and award the M.S., M.P. degree is submitted to THECB.

August. A new program proposal requesting authority to implement a B.S. in Clinical Support Service Management and award the B.S., CSSM degree is submitted to THECB.

September. A new program proposal requesting authority to implement an M.S. in Rehabilitation Science and award the M.S., RS degree is submitted to THECB.

October. THECB approves the proposal for a M.S. in Molecular Pathology.
2002 January. TTUHSC hosts a THECB-directed site visit in regard to the proposed Sc.D. in Physical Therapy.

January. SOAH-Amarillo relocated to a multi-million dollar permanent facility.

April. THECB approves the proposal for a M.S. in Rehabilitation Science.

June. A $350,000 project to construct and equip a Molecular Pathology Program laboratory is completed.

June. The M.S. in Molecular Pathology program is implemented with the enrollment of its first student cohort for the Summer semester. This is the first program of its kind in the nation.

August. The Board of Regents approves the establishment of a Center for Rehabilitation Assessment within the SOAH. This center will provide a platform for coordinating the activities of the Gait Analysis, Balance Assessment and Energy Consumption Laboratories and serve to support an expansion of faculty research and research activities that will support a planned Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences.

September. The ScD, PT; MS, RS; and BS, CSSM programs are implemented with the enrollment of their first student cohorts in the Fall 2002 semester.

November. The Board of Regents approves a new degree concept proposal for a Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders and authorizes the development and submission of a new program proposal to THECB.
2003 January. A new program proposal requesting authority to implement a Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders and to grant the Ph.D. degree is submitted to THECB.

Summer. TTUHSC hosts a THECB-directed site visit in regard to the proposed Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders.
2004 January. THECB approves the proposal for a Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders.

February. Final renovations completed for a three-year phased project to construct and equip a $690,000 Rehabilitation Assessment Center with Gait Analysis, Balance Assessment and Cardiopulmonary laboratories.

Fall. Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders is implemented with the enrollment of the first cohort of four doctoral students.

Fall. SOAHS Fall 2004 enrollment totals 774, a 72% increase over the 2000 enrollment of 452.
2005 Spring. The Department of Clinic Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling is established. This department was formed by moving the faculty, clerical staff and technical support personnel of the three on-line programs from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. The three academic programs consist of Clinical Practice Management (M.S.), Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.), and Clinical Service Management (B.S.).

Spring. The new department chair also serves as the newly established Associate Dean for Learning Outcomes and Technologies.
2007 Fall. THECB approval granted for the expansion of Physical Therapy from a masters (MPT) to a clinical entry-level doctorate (DPT).

Fall. CSM program expands to provide a specialty track in Long Term Care Administration with approval from the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities.
2008 Spring. The position of Director of Admissions and Student Affairs becomes the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs.

Summer. THECB grants the SOAHS planning authority for a PhD in Rehabilitation Science.

Summer. The Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) is implemented with enrollment of its first cohort of students.
2009 Approval/addition of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Approval/addition of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Pathway (DPT)

Approval/addition of the Clinical Laboratory Science Second Degree and Certificate Programs
2010 Physician Assistant Program facility expansion is completed.

Enrollment for the Physician Assistant Program is increased from 45 to 60 students per cohort.

First NIH grant obtained by SOAHS faculty

Approval of Center name to "Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Research".
2011 Major renovation of clinical research space

Relocation of SOAHS faculty to 3C lab and office space

Opened the health Promotion Research Laboratory on the Amarillo campus

Fall enrollment exceeds 1250 for the first time
2012 Fall enrollment exceeds 1300 for the first time

Paul P. Brooke, Jr., Ph.D., FACHE, Professor and Dean, retired after serving 14 years

Robin Satterwhite, MBA, Ed.D., FACHE, hired as the fifth Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences
2014 Approval/addition of Respiratory Care, Medical Imaging, and Emergency Medical Services concentration areas to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

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