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What Materials Must be Available on the Program's Website?
CAA requires programs to make available to students and to the public information about the program and institution that is current, accurate, and readily available. This is reflected in Standard 1.7. Programs have the authority to determine which mechanisms to use to convey information.
However, CAA requires programs to post two elements on its website:
- accreditation status, as outlined in CAA's Public Notice of Accreditation Status policy (Chapter XII, "Informing the Public," in the Accreditation Handbook)
- student achievement data, as outlined in Standard 1.7 [PDF]
The CAA revised its Public Notice of Accreditation Status policy in July 2013. Programs are now required to post—at a minimum—an accreditation status statement on their website. The accreditation status statement must include the specific degree program holding the accreditation status and the full name, address, and phone number of the accrediting agency: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. All of these elements are essential to ensure that clear, accurate information is presented by the program to the public. Statements that claim, for example, that the "department" is accredited by CAA, are not accurate as CAA accredits specific graduate programs that prepare individuals to enter professional practice in audiology and/or speech-language pathology. In this scenario, an individual who is researching programs could erroneously conclude that the undergraduate program or the PhD program offered in the department is included in the accreditation.
CAA's Standard 1.7 [PDF] specifically requires programs to publish on their website summary data for the past three academic years for the three required student achievement measures (program completion rate, national examination pass rate, and employment rate). Although the CAA has required programs to make these data available to the public since 2008, as of January 1, 2013, it now specifically requires publication to a program's website to ensure the visibility and accessibility of these data.
The CAA is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). Both agencies' recognition requirements require CAA to ensure that student achievement data and other program information are transparent, consistent, and accessible to the public.