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A new department name has been approved for communication disorders, it will be called the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. This change affects the department name only and does not affect any of the programs or the department’s location. The department remains in the College of Liberal Arts and primarily headquartered in Haley Center.

The new name will have two main benefits to the department and university. First, adding "Sciences" into the name will more closely align the department name to department activity and is in better alignment with the name of a majority of similar departments in the country. Second, the new name will remove the existing and understandable confusion created by similarly named units: "Department of Communication Disorders" and "School of Communication and Journalism." This department name is utilized by three of the top programs in the country: Purdue, Arizona and Boston. The changed name will also work for a possible future strategic addition of doctorate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.