American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

CAA Responds to CAPCSD on Accreditation Model

At its July, 2007 meeting, the CAA approved a resolution to maintain CAA as the single accreditor for clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's programs in speech-language pathology.

The CAA passed this resolution as a result of extensive discussions and several meetings it had over the last 1½ years with representatives of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academic of Audiology (AAA), and the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). These meetings were initiated by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) to facilitate consideration of other models of accreditation in order to address the issue of two accrediting organizations for audiology programs.

Through these discussions, the CAA reaffirmed its belief in the two separate but related professions of audiology and speech-language pathology within the singular discipline of communication sciences and disorders and its commitment to the interrelationship of speech, language, and hearing, as reflected in its standards for accreditation. The CAA also determined that the accreditation principles that were identified during the facilitated meetings were consistent with the Principles of Accreditation under which it has operated since its establishment; principles that were developed in 1994 through a Joint Committee on Academic Accreditation Issues with ASHA and the CAPCSD, which led to the formation of the CAA. Accordingly, the CAA provided its response [PDF] to CAPCSD President Celia Hooper that the CAA should remain the single accreditor for graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology.


CAA Resolution

July 20, 2007

Whereas,

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology, and

Whereas,

The CAA embraces the principle of two professions, audiology and speech-language pathology, within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders, and

Whereas,

The CAA provides graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology with the only nationally recognized professional accreditor that focuses on the discipline of communication sciences and disorders,

Therefore, Be It Resolved That

It is in the best interest of graduate education programs and their students to maintain the CAA as the single accreditor for clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's programs in speech-language pathology.

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