Graduate programs may consist of, or be located under, a single administrative entity (institution, school, department, agency, etc.) or may take the form of a consortium composed of multiple independently administered entities. For purposes of this policy, a consortium is defined as an arrangement between or among institutions of higher education. Each institution forming the consortium is termed a member entity.
All consortia are considered new programs and require accreditation separate from any other existing accredited programs. A consortium program must submit a Candidacy Application, as described in the Candidacy Manual. A member entity of an accredited consortium program may not publicize itself as an independently accredited program unless it also has applied for and received separate accreditation by the CAA.
All consortium member entities must be housed in institutions of higher education that hold regional accreditation from one of the following six regional accrediting bodies:
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
For programs in countries outside the United States, the CAA will determine an alternative and equivalent external review process.
The consortium program must prepare students for entry into professional practice and offer a master's degree in speech-language pathology or a clinical doctoral degree in audiology.
Consortium member entities must have formally agreed, in writing (e.g., memorandum of agreement, contract), to pool resources to conduct the graduate consortium program.
Evidence of all approvals from each member institution must be provided with the Candidacy Application. In order for candidacy status to be granted, the consortium program must receive approval by all member institutions, as well as state authorities.
The consortium program must designate one individual who is administratively responsible for the consortium program and who will serve as the program contact.
The CAA's policy on consortia was previously included in its Policy on Substantive Changes, but was created as a separate policy as of July 1, 2005. Information about the application, review process, and related fees is available online and through the Accreditation Office.
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