American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

CAA Accreditation Decisions

August 13, 2014

Below is a list of recent accreditation decisions made by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

CAA's accreditation is sought voluntarily by education programs that offer clinical doctoral degrees in audiology or master's degrees in speech-language pathology designed for graduates entering the professions. The CAA applies accreditation status classifications to each program that reflect CAA's evaluation of the extent to which an education program complies with the Standards for Accreditation.

Accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) are required to notify the public, regional accreditors, selected specialized recognized accreditors, state agencies responsible for post-secondary education, and the USDE of final accreditation decisions. Further, accrediting agencies recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are required to publish the basis for all final accreditation decisions, including non-adverse accreditation actions (i.e., award or continue accreditation or place on probation). The CAA includes in this notice the standards cited and compliance level (i.e., partial compliance or non-compliance) and a link to the program's decision letter or Accreditation Action Report (AAR), as appropriate. No decision letter or AAR is provided in this notice for programs that CAA deemed to be in full compliance with all standards and therefore were not cited with partial or non-compliance in any areas.

Summary of Accreditation Actions

The CAA took the following actions at its meeting July 16–19, 2014. The decisions were based on the level of compliance with the current Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The standards address administrative structure and governance, faculty, academic and clinical curriculum, students, assessment, and program resources.

The programs, grouped by the type of decision made, are listed in alphabetical order by institution name.

The complete list of CAA-Accredited Graduate Education Programs [PDF] is updated regularly to reflect recent actions and accreditation statuses. For information about a specific education program, contact the director of the audiology or speech-language pathology program in care of the institution listed. Information about the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology can be obtained by contacting the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

Awarded Candidacy

Although compliance with all standards is not required at the time of award of candidacy, CAA's decision to award candidacy status is based on the program's and institution's demonstrated commitment and ability to implement the program fully and to comply with all Standards for Accreditation. Candidacy status may be held for no longer than 5 years. Programs are required to file annual progress reports to document continuing compliance with and development towards the accreditation standards throughout the candidacy cycle.

Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Candidacy dates: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019
Progress report requested on continued development in accordance with CAA's expectations for candidacy programs.
Andrews University SLP Candidacy Decision Letter, July 2014 [PDF] 

Awarded Accreditation (Initial)

Programs awarded accreditation demonstrated compliance with the Standards for Accreditation, for which a 5-year accreditation cycle was awarded. Programs are required to file annual reports to document continuing compliance with the accreditation standards throughout the accreditation cycle.

St. Ambrose University
Davenport, Iowa
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2019
Progress report requested on standard: 3.5B Supervision (partial compliance)
St. Ambrose University SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Montana
Missoula, Montana
Master's program in speech-language pathology, including distance education
Accreditation dates: August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2019
Progress report requested on standards: 3.1B Overall Curriculum (partial compliance); 3.2B Curriculum Currency and Diversity (partial compliance); 4.2 Student Adaptations (partial compliance)
University of Montana SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Continued Accreditation (Reaccreditation)

Programs awarded continued accreditation demonstrated compliance with the Standards for Accreditation, for which an 8-year accreditation cycle was awarded. Programs are required to file annual reports to document continuing compliance with the accreditation standards throughout the accreditation cycle.

Kean University
Union, New Jersey
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2022
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Marywood University
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2022
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Nazareth College
Rochester, New York
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 6.4 Program Support Services and Resources (partial compliance)
Nazareth College SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Northeastern State University
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 1.7 Public Information (partial compliance); 5.3 Program Effectiveness (partial compliance)
Northeastern State University SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
Clinical doctoral program in audiology
Accreditation dates: May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 5.3 Program Effectiveness (partial compliance)
Northeastern University AUD Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2022
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2022
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 1.5 Program Director (partial compliance)
Seton Hall University SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 3.5B Supervision (partial compliance); 3.6B External Placements (partial compliance); 4.3 Student Information (partial compliance); 4.5 Verification of Student Identify for Distance Education Courses (non-compliance); 6.2 Physical Facilities (partial compliance); 6.4 Program Support Services and Resources (partial compliance)
University of Central Missouri SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 2.2 Faculty Sufficiency (non-compliance); 3.6B External Placements (partial compliance); 6.4 Program Support Services and Resources (partial compliance)
University of Central Oklahoma SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
Clinical doctoral program in audiology
Accreditation dates: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 5.1 Program Assessment of Students (partial compliance); 6.2 Physical Facilities (partial compliance)
University of Colorado, Boulder AUD Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 5.1 Program Assessment of Students (partial compliance)
University of Colorado, Boulder SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Maine, Orono
Orono, Maine
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 2.2 Faculty Sufficiency (partial compliance); 6.2 Physical Facilities (non-compliance)
University of Maine SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 4.2 Student Adaptations (partial compliance); 4.3 Student Information (partial compliance); 6.2 Physical Facilities (non-compliance)
University of North Carolina, Greensboro SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 5.1 Program Assessment of Students (partial compliance)
University of Northern Iowa SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: December 1, 2013 through November 30, 2021
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Knoxville, Tennessee
Clinical doctoral program in audiology
Accreditation dates: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 6.2 Physical Facilities (non-compliance)
University of Tennessee Health Science Center AUD Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 6.2 Physical Facilities (non-compliance)
University of Tennessee Health Science Center SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

University of Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2022
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

University of Wisconsin, River Falls
River Falls, Wisconsin
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 3.1B Overall Curriculum (partial compliance); 3.2B Curriculum Currency and Diversity (partial compliance)
University of Wisconsin, River Falls SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2022
Progress report requested on standards: 6.1 Institutional Financial Support (partial compliance); 6.4 Program Support Services and Resources (partial compliance)
Wayne State University SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Master's program in speech-language pathology, including distance education
Accreditation dates: August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2022
Progress report requested on standard: 3.6B External Placements (partial compliance)
Western Kentucky University SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF] 

Approved Substantive Change

CAA evaluates whether a proposed substantive change affects the accredited or candidate program's ability to maintain compliance with the Standards for Accreditation, and will take action accordingly. Programs are required to include information about all approved modalities in annual reports to document continuing compliance with the accreditation standards throughout the accreditation cycle.

N/A

Removed Probation/Continued Accreditation

When a program's probation status is removed, the program demonstrated that it was able to rectify the deficiencies noted and achieve compliance with the Standards for Accreditation.

Howard University
Washington, District of Columbia
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Current accreditation dates: July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2018
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Current accreditation dates: September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2017
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Texas A&M University, Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Current accreditation dates: May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2021
Progress report requested on standards: 1.7 Public Information (partial compliance); 5.3 Program Effectiveness (partial compliance)
Texas A&M University, Kingsville SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2014 [PDF]

Placed on Probation

A program placed on probation is judged to be not in compliance with all accreditation standards, as indicated by clear evidence of circumstances that jeopardize the capability of the program to provide acceptable educational experiences for the students. A program also may be placed on probation because the program has not corrected deficiencies noted earlier by the CAA. A program placed on probation is considered accredited. A program may be placed on probation as a result of CAA's review of an annual report or application for continued accreditation; if the latter, a new accreditation cycle is initiated based on the end date of the previous accreditation cycle. A program is placed on probation for a period of one year, at which time the program must file a probation report.

Placed on Probation as a Result of Annual Report Review

N/A

Placed on Probation as a Result of an Application for Continued Accreditation Review

N/A

Continued Probation

When a program's probation is continued, the CAA has judged the program to remain not in compliance with all accreditation standards, which may include consideration of extenuating circumstances.

N/A

Voluntarily Withdrawal – Program Closed

Programs that intend to close are required to notify the CAA of this event. Closed programs relinquish their accreditation status as of the date of closure. The CAA removes the closed program from all lists of its accredited and candidate programs.

N/A

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