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April 2, 2004

Have you heard? Purdue audiology, speech programs tops nation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two programs in Purdue University's Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences were ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S.News & World Report.

In the survey released today (Friday, 4/2), Purdue's master's and doctoral degree programs in speech-language pathology tied for third nationally, up from fourth last year. The master's and doctoral degree programs in audiology climbed five spots from last year to eighth.

"It is not a surprise to see a jump in audiology, thanks to the addition of our new joint clinical doctoral degree," said Anne Smith, professor and head of the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences. "This new doctoral program is based at Purdue but includes faculty from the Indiana University School of Medicine who teach courses at Purdue. Our students also obtain clinical experience at the medical center in Indianapolis.

"The Purdue master's and doctoral degree programs in speech-language pathology have been among the nation's best since they were created in the 1950s. Not only do we have a strong presence in research in language development and neurophysiology of speech, but our clinically trained faculty also work with our basic scientists. Because of this interdisciplinary approach, we continue to attract the best graduate students and expose them to both research and clinical experience."

Students in both programs have access to clinical experience in the in-house audiology and speech-language pathology clinics that serve the general public. The audiology clinic provides diagnostic and rehabilitative services to people of all ages. The speech-language clinic offers an adult language program for patients following a stroke or other brain injuries, an adult geriatric program in the Indiana Veteran's Home, a voice therapy program, as well as a variety of programs for children that include a preschool language group.

The Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, founded in the 1930s, was one of the first in the country to achieve accreditation in speech pathology and audiology from the Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. There are more than 30 members on the professional staff and academic faculty working with 80 graduate students and 185 undergraduate students each semester.

Vanderbilt University was the nation's top-rated audiology program. The only other Indiana college to be ranked was Indiana University, which is tied for 13th place.

The magazine ranked graduate programs in health science fields based on survey responses from deans, administrators and faculty of accredited graduate programs in health sciences.

U.S.News & World Report's complete rankings in "America's Best Graduate Schools" will be available on newsstands Monday (4/5). U.S. News has published graduate school rankings annually since 1987.

Writer: Amy Patterson-Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Anne Smith, (765) 494-7743, asmith@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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