New CAA Reporting
Effective January 1, 2011
As an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) monitors changes in the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition. The CAA modifies its standards, policies, and/or procedures on occasion to maintain compliance with all of the Secretary's criteria. As a result of the most recent reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (i.e., Higher Education Opportunity Act [HEOA]), which includes the criteria for recognizing accrediting agencies, the CAA has added one new standard and requires additional documentation to be provided annually by programs.
CAA adopted this new standard to address a new recognition requirement, which specifies that the program must adhere to its institutional policies and procedures to verify that a student who registers for a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the academic credit. In most cases, a program's university will have policies and procedures for verification of a student's identify, as this is also a requirement for the institution's regional accreditation. The program must either provide evidence that it adheres to and applies those policies consistently, or that it has developed and implemented its own policies and procedures.
New standard 4.5 becomes effective January 1, 2011. Every program being reviewed by CAA after that date must provide documentation demonstrating compliance with this new standard for the CAA's consideration. This includes all programs submitting an annual report or (re)accreditation application or those programs having a site visit conducted in 2011. Specific instructions and an addendum form [DOC] will be made available to all programs to submit with their next CAA report. The questions presented in this addendum do not appear in the on-line CAA annual report or (re)accreditation application via the Higher Education Data System (HES). Therefore, the addendum must be completed and submitted to the Accreditation Staff by the due date of the program's report to the CAA (February 1st or August 1st), which is in addition to data provided in the online report. If filing the addendum to support a site visit, the addendum must be provided 30 days in advance of the site visit.
A new reporting expectation will go into effect in 2011 requiring programs to file financial information to the CAA annually. The CAA is required to collect and analyze key data and indicators as part of its regular monitoring activities of accredited programs, for which the USDE Criteria for Recognition now specifies must include a program's fiscal information to support continued compliance with the accreditation standards. Currently, the CAA collects financial information through the HES only at the time of (re)accreditation application. Programs now must report financial information with each annual report in order for the CAA to regularly monitor changes in the program's fiscal stability.
Beginning in 2011, all programs submitting an annual report must complete and provide an addendum noting its financial support. The questions presented in this addendum are the same as those requested in the (re)accreditation application in the HES, however this question set does not appear currently in the online CAA annual report. Therefore, additional information must be reported using this addendum and submitted to the Accreditation Staff by the due date of your program's report to the CAA (February 1st or August 1st), which is in addition to data provided in the online (HES) report. Specific instructions and the new annual report addendum for reporting financial information to support compliance with Standard 6.1 is available online.