Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 129–141 | Cite as

Faculty/Staff Perceptions of a Standards-Based Exit Portfolio System for Graduate Students



New standards for certification were recently developed for speech–language pathology graduate training programs by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The new standards are outcomes-based rather than process-based. Using a collective case study approach, this article highlights the perceptions of faculty and staff regarding use of a standards-based exit portfolio system for students in a Speech–Language Pathology graduate program at a medium-sized, public university after two semesters of use.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityIllinoisUSA

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