American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Candidacy Milestones and Timelines for a Typical Program

The CAA has designated specific reporting milestones and time lines below to assist in planning for new programs that are seeking candidacy status with the CAA. New programs that are preparing an Application for Candidacy must submit its application at least 18 months in advance of the proposed student enrollment date.

Time Frame Typical Activity - SLP Program Typical Activity - AUD Program
At least 18 months before planned graduate student enrollment Program submits signed application and eligibility statement with application fee for readiness review by CAA Program submits signed application and eligibility statement with application fee for readiness review by CAA
 
  • Review, comments, and readiness decision 1 by CAA;
  • Program incorporates CAA recommendations into application
  • Program re-submits application for readiness review within 6 months
  • Review, comments, and readiness decision 1 by CAA;
  • Program incorporates CAA recommendations into application
  • Program re-submits application for readiness review within 6 months
At least 12 months before planned graduate student enrollment Official submission of application for candidacy after readiness approval by CAA 2 Official submission of application for candidacy after readiness approval by CAA 2
  Review and comments by CAA Review and comments by CAA
Semester after official candidacy application submitted
  • Program submits possible site visit dates and identifies conflicts with possible candidacy site visitors
  • Conduct of candidacy site visit
  • Candidacy site visit report submitted by team
  • Program response to the candidacy site visit report to CAA
  • SV team review of program response to candidacy site visit report; SV team comments to CAA as appropriate
  • Program submits possible site visit dates and identifies conflicts with possible candidacy site visitors
  • Conduct of candidacy site visit
  • Candidacy site visit report submitted by team
  • Program response to the candidacy site visit report to CAA
  • SV team review of program response to candidacy site visit report; SV team comments to CAA as appropriate
Next CAA decision-making meeting after candidacy site visit (typically March or July) Candidacy decision by CAA (term = 5 years) Candidacy decision by CAA (term = 5 years)
First semester with students Enroll students Enroll students
February or August - determined by anniversary of decision 1st annual report 1st annual report
February or August - determined by anniversary of decision 2nd annual report 2nd annual report
February or August - determined by anniversary of decision 3rd annual report OR Application for Accreditation 3rd annual report
February or August - determined by anniversary of decision Application for Accreditation (at least 12 months before end of candidacy term) Application for Accreditation (at least 12 months before end of candidacy term)

 

1 Opportunity to accelerate review if CAA approves with procession to candidacy site visit; if deemed not ready, program may submit a second version of the candidacy application for readiness review within 6 months of notice without penalty

2 If approved for accelerated review, programs would not need to re-submit readiness application

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