Mission, Vision, Values

Barkley Memorial Center

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD) is one of seven academic departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mission

SECD is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs, their families, schools, and communities.

Vision

Our vision is that every individual with special needs will:
-achieve maximum potential for learning.
-communicate autonomously.
-enjoy optimum health and well-being throughout the lifespan.

Values

Diversity - Our faculty represent diverse expertise in research, teaching and outreach encompassing professions of practice in special education, speech-language pathology and audiology.
Respect - We respect diverse people, viewpoints, ideas and perspectives.
Dedication - We are passionate about and dedicated to the mission of the department and college, focused on success in advancing knowledge, training leaders, and serving our clients, their families and our communities.
Collegiality - Our interactions with others are respectful, polite and professional. Each member's contribution is valued.
Creativity/Innovation - We strive to answer big questions and solve difficult problems to advance the department's professions of practice and deal with complex issues facing individuals with special needs or disabilities, their families, schools and communities.
Collaboration - We work together across multiple disciplines and scientific fields in order to find answers and solve difficult and complex problems related to individuals with special needs.
Integrity - We carry out our mission and strive for our goals with the highest level of integrity.