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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Communication Sciences Disorders Master’s Program Among Nation’s Best
WASHINGTON (May 7, 2012) – The master’s degree program in speech-language pathology offered in Howard University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been named as one of the top graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report in their 2013 rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools”. 
According to the rankings, out of 250 programs offering degrees in communication sciences and disorders in the nation, Howard’s speech-language pathology (SLP) master’s degree program is ranked among the top third. The Howard program now ranks above 170 other universities.

“It is not something we take for granted,” said Wilhelmina Wright-Harp, Ph.D., associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “We are pleased that once again we are ranked among the top universities in our discipline.”

Wright-Harp said the department’s high ranking was based on the quality of the faculty as well as its high rates of retention, graduation and employment for students. In addition, she said the Howard program was one of the few in the nation with expertise in multiculturism so that graduates are culturally competent professionals that are able to meet the needs of individuals from diverse populations.

Seven of the 12 faculty members at Howard are fellows of either the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or the American Academy of Audiology. The faculty fellow awards are marks of excellence in research and scholarship and are among the highest honors offered by professional organizations in the discipline.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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