New SAA Undergraduate Committee to Focus on Undergraduate Needs
Undergraduate students may join National SAA as Associate Members. In the past, undergraduate needs were considered by a subdivision of the SAA Education Committee. New this year is a stand-alone, Undergraduate Committee. As the SAA continues to expand, the SAA Board felt it was important to have an individual committee to focus on our undergraduate members’ needs. One important issue has been raised by undergraduate associate members is the lack of local chapters for undergraduates attending a university that does not have an AuD program/SAA Chapter.
This year, the newly formed Undergraduate Committee plans to focus its efforts to help develop undergraduate chapters at universities and/or colleges that do not have a local SAA chapter. We will begin with a beta program where we will welcome two undergraduate programs as local chapters. This committee will work closely with these programs as they establish a local SAA undergraduate chapter, as well as strive to better understand their unique needs over the course of the year. We will be able to track the benefit of these newly created chapters and determine the potential value of expanding this opportunity to other undergraduate programs in the future.
The undergraduate committee will also focus on increasing our undergraduate membership, while developing a better understanding of the unique needs of undergraduate students participating in a professional organization. We plan to educate undergraduate students of all majors on the profession of audiology, including the different options for doctoral level training. We are very excited to provide support to these students and help expand the SAA membership over the course of the year!