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Dr. Tom Linares
Communication Disorders & Special Education

Chairing the Department

Our faculty are very close to their students and really practice an open-door policy. Because both programs lead to professional careers, it requires a lot of hands-on training. While we might have fifty students in a class that is primarily lecture, during practicum the faculty-to-student ratio may be one to three or one to four--so they get to know faculty very well.

Both of our programs are nationally known and respected. We maintain the caliber of these programs by focusing on student learning first. In addition, the national level of competency is very high in both areas, so we expect our students to meet that criteria. In fact, they won’t graduate unless they do. That’s why we invest so much effort and time in students. They’re advised from the day they
get on campus. And they’re 100-percent employed
upon graduation.