Accreditation Resources for New Program Directors
Expectations of a Program Director | CAA Standards and Accreditation Handbook
Accreditation Data | Additional Resources
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is the entity within ASHA that accredits clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's programs in speech-language pathology. The accrediting body within ASHA has been awarding and monitoring accreditation of graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology since 1965.
This compilation of online resources is designed to support a new program director in understanding and meeting the program's obligations as it relates to accreditation.
Expectations of a Program Director
Understand the Benefits of CAA Accreditation
Because CAA is a USDE-recognized accrediting agency (Chapter II, Accreditation Handbook), accredited programs are eligible to participate in federal grant programs, including the Academic Research Enhancement Award (R-15) grants through the National Institutes of Health and the Allied Health Projects Grant Program, part of the Public Health Service Act. CAA also has an agreement with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) that supports both accreditation programs by reducing the documentation requirements to NCATE.
Graduation from a CAA-accredited program may be required for eligibility for professional credentials, such as the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), state licensure, and teacher certification, and may be a preferred or required condition for employment with some agencies like the Veterans Administration.
File Requisite Accreditation Reports on Time
How do I know which type of report to submit?
Most programs are expected to file an Annual Report. However, the CAA conducts a comprehensive review of each accredited program every 5–8 years, depending on the program's accreditation cycle and would expect the program to file an Application for (Continued) Accreditation as a result. Accreditation staff notify the program director as to what type of report to submit when the HES is open for reports to be submitted, approximately 4 months before the due date. More information about CAA's review processes and time lines can be found in the Accreditation Handbook beginning with Chapter XV, "Overview of Application Review Process."
When are accreditation reports submitted?
Either February 1 or August 1, depending on the anniversary date of the program.
What is the current accreditation cycle for my program?
You can view the CAA's list of accredited and candidate programs [PDF], which indicates the current accreditation cycle of the program and the year in which the next comprehensive review will be initiated. You can confirm with the Accreditation Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) the submission date (February or August) by which to file.
Are there resources available to help me prepare reports for my program?
Also see the Frequently Asked Questions: CAA Reporting in the HES online.
Notify the CAA When Substantive Changes About the Program are Planned or When Significant Changes Occur
Review Chapter XI, "Expectations of Programs" in the Accreditation Handbook to learn more about how and when to report changes in the program:
- Program Director Change
- Administrative Structure Change
- Program Closure
- Substantive Changes—distance education, satellite/branch campus, contractual agreement
Pay Accreditation Fees Annually and On Time
The Accreditation Office typically sends invoices for annual accreditation fees at the beginning of the calendar year. The current Accreditation Fee Schedule is online to assist you in your budget planning.
Vote in Annual Elections for Academic Members of the CAA, If Eligible
The composition of CAA is balanced with academic, practitioner, and public members. All accredited programs in good standing are eligible to vote for the academic members of the council.
Keep Informed of Changes in Accreditation Policies or Procedures That May Affect Your Program
CAA Standards and Accreditation Handbook
Standards for Accreditation [PDF]
Current Program Statistics
List of CAA Accredited and Candidate Programs [PDF]
Accreditation History of Programs
CAA Member Roster
Information for Academic Programs and Faculty
HES Information, Data Reports, and Program Search (EdFind)
State Credentialing Information (i.e., licensing, teacher certification)
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