Jan. 10, 2018

CONTACT:    Dr. Brenda Cross, 806-651-5109, bcross@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s Communication Disorders Program Named in 2018 Rankings


CANYON, Texas—The communication disorders program at West Texas A&M University has been named one of the Top Speech-Language Pathology Masters Programs in the nation for 2018 by SpeechPathologyGraduatePrograms.org.

SpeechPathologyGraduatePrograms.org looked at 240 schools from across the United States offering ASHA CAA-accredited master’s programs in speech-language pathology and communication disorders to provide helpful information for prospective students searching for quality programs.

Student achievement and cost and affordability were the key features used to narrow the list down to more than 100 programs. Schools were scored on a 100-point scale to identify the top programs for 2018 with grades ranging from A plus to B minus.

WTAMU’s Master of Science program in communication disorders scored an overall total of 87.5 for a B plus for recognition in the 2018 ranking. Broken down, the program’s student achievement score was 57.5 out of a possible 70 and the cost and affordability element scored 30 out of 30. SpeechPathologyGraduatePrograms.org commended the WTAMU program for catering to different learning styles by offering both the thesis and non-thesis option for students. The WTAMU Speech and Hearing Clinic also was mentioned for the opportunities it provides graduate students in hands-on experience.

“I am very proud of our program,” Dr. Brenda Cross, head of the Department of Communication Disorders, said. “Our faculty work hard to ensure that our students receive a superior academic and clinical education.”

WTAMU is the only Texas school listed in the 23 programs scoring a B plus, joining such universities as Ohio University, University of Northern Colorado and California State University-Long Beach, among others. Other Texas schools making the 2018 ranking included Our Lady of the Lake University (A), Abilene Christian University (A), University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (B) and University of North Texas (B minus)


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LaWana Travis
on 1.13.2018

Lots of hard work and heart in this program. Congrats!

Noel Clifton
on 1.13.2018

Way to go team!! I am honored to work with you!

Francine Fields
on 1.12.2018

Way to go, Brenda. Congrats!