Purpose and Role of the CAA
Institutions of higher learning that offer graduate degree programs in audiology and/or speech-language pathology can voluntarily seek accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The charge to the CAA is to:
- formulate standards [PDF] for the accreditation of graduate education programs that provide entry-level professional preparation in audiology and/or speech-language pathology;
- evaluate programs that voluntarily apply for accreditation;
- grant certificates and recognize those programs deemed to have fulfilled requirements for accreditation;
- maintain a registry of holders of such certificates; and
- prepare and furnish to appropriate persons and agencies lists of accredited programs [PDF].
The CAA's accreditation standards, and the overall accreditation program, are designed to:
- promote excellence in preparing students to enter the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology;
- protect and inform the public by recognizing programs that meet or exceed accreditation standards; and
- stimulate improvement of programs’ educational activities by means of self-study and evaluation.
Mission and Principles
The CAA's mission and vision are described in Chapter II of the Accreditation Handbook.
The CAA is guided by a set of principles first developed in 1994 by the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Academic Accreditation Issues, which included representatives of ASHA, the Council on Academic Programs in Communications and Disorders (formerly the Council on Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders) and representatives from the ASHA standards committees. The CAA reaffirmed these principles during its comprehensive review of accreditation standards in 2005–2006.