American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Recognition of CAA as an Accrediting Agency

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is recognized as an accrediting agency for audiology and speech-language pathology education programs by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Recognition of its accreditation program by these agencies is an external validation of the CAA's adherence to best practices in accreditation.  Benefits of national recognition include:

  • opportunity for a comprehensive self-assessment by the CAA and external reviews of its accreditation process against specific standards, as both CHEA and ED require agencies to participate in scheduled reviews every 5–10 years to maintain recognition
  • affirmation for the public that the CAA has standards and processes that:
    • advance academic quality in higher education,
    • ensure accountability through consistent, clear, and coherent communication to the public and the higher education community, and
    • encourage institutions or programs to plan for purposeful change and needed improvement
  • eligibility for the CAA's accredited programs for certain federal funding, such as grants

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

  • CAA and its predecessors have been recognized continuously by CHEA and its predecessors since 1964.
  • Recognized scope of activities under Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA): Accreditation and preaccreditation (Accreditation Candidate) throughout the United States of education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master's or doctoral level, and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education 
  • During 2012–2013 CAA participated in eligibility and continued recognition reviews by CHEA. CAA met eligibility conditions in September 2012, and completed the recognition component in November 2013 that resulted in CHEA awarding CAA its maximum 10 year recognition period.

Secretary, U.S. Department of Education (ED)

  • CAA and its predecessors have been recognized continuously by the Secretary of Education since 1967.
  • Recognized scope of activities under the Secretary of U.S. Department of Education (ED): Accreditation and pre-accreditation (Accreditation Candidate) of entry-level graduate education programs throughout the United States at the master's or doctoral level leading to the first professional or clinical degree in audiology and/or speech-language pathology and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education.
  • The ED recognition also enables CAA-accredited programs to establish eligibility to participate in Federal programs authorized under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA), Section III; and the US Public Health Service Act, as amended by the Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392, Sec. 739.

For more information about the CAA and its recognition, contact Patti Tice, director of accreditation (ptice@asha.org) or Tess Kirsch, associate director of accreditation for policy and education (tkirsch@asha.org).

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