CAA Public Notice of Accreditation Actions – Updated Policy

At its November 2013 meeting, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) voted to approve changes to its Policy on Public Notice of Accreditation Actions that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. The CAA now will include in its public notice of final accreditation actions the basis for the decisions, indicating the standards cited and compliance level along with the Accreditation Action Report (AAR). These notices will be published online, as the CAA does currently, for final accreditation decisions resulting from a comprehensive review (applications for candidacy, initial accreditation, or re-accreditation) or that affect an accreditation status (e.g., accredited to accredited-on probation).

CAA is required by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to make public its accreditation actions, which it does through posting its decisions online within 30 days of each decision-making meeting. CHEA, through its Standard for Recognition 12B.5 [PDF], has recently broadened its interpretation and now requires its recognized accrediting agencies, including CAA, to publish the basis for all program decisions, including non-adverse accreditation actions (i.e., award or continue accreditation or place on probation). To comply with the CHEA action, CAA expanded its Public Notice policy to include non-adverse decisions.

The CAA requested comment on proposed publication options in September–October 2013. The CAA appreciated the feedback received from program directors, faculty, administrators, and students and considered these comments during its discussion and decision in November. The new presentation format will support CAA's efforts to provide clear and consistent information about accredited and candidate programs, as well as the standards and procedures by which it operates. An example of how the decision information will be displayed [PDF] has been developed.

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