Successful Retention of Diverse Students One of the goals of any undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and audiology is to prepare its students for entrance into and successful completion of a graduate program. As an historically Black, Catholic, Liberal Arts Institution, Xavier University of Louisiana has contributed to the number of African American students ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2007
Successful Retention of Diverse Students
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  • Nancy Martino
    Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
  • Joe Melcher
    Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
  • Cliff Highnam
    University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
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Article   |   October 01, 2007
Successful Retention of Diverse Students
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2007, Vol. 10, 7-10. doi:10.1044/ihe10.2.7
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2007, Vol. 10, 7-10. doi:10.1044/ihe10.2.7
One of the goals of any undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and audiology is to prepare its students for entrance into and successful completion of a graduate program. As an historically Black, Catholic, Liberal Arts Institution, Xavier University of Louisiana has contributed to the number of African American students who have successfully completed graduate school. Xavier’s undergraduate only program is one of the founding members of the National Academy of Pre-Professional Programs (NAPP). The 40-year-old program has always been relatively small with the number of majors ranging from 25–50.
Few students enter Xavier with a declared major of speech-language pathology/audiology because, as we have learned through our own surveys, most are unaware of the professions. The majority chooses speech-language pathology after their freshman year. They either learn about it from formal presentation that the faculty members make on campus or informally from conversations with their peers who are majors.
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