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CAA Accreditation Decisions

November 23, 2015

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. See Chapter X, "Eligibility and Program Development" in the Accreditation Handbook for accreditation status definitions.

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 November 11, 2015. 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 [PDF]. 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.

Midwestern University
Glendale, Arizona
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Candidacy dates: November 1, 2015 through October 31, 2020
Progress report requested on continued development in accordance with CAA's expectations for candidacy programs.
Midwestern University SLP Candidacy Decision Letter, November 2015 [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.

N/A

Continued Accreditation (Reaccreditation)

Programs awarded continued accreditation 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.

University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas
Clinical doctoral program in audiology
Accreditation dates: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2023
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Master’s program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2023
The program was in compliance with all standards and has met CAA's expectations (thresholds) for student outcomes.

Approved Substantive Change

The 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.

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana
Clinical doctoral program in audiology
Current accreditation dates: July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2020
Progress report requested on standards: 1.7 Public Information (partial compliance); 2.1 Faculty Qualifications (partial compliance); 2.2 Faculty Sufficiency (partial compliance)
Ball State University AUD Accreditation Action Report, November 2015 [PDF]

Master's program in speech-language pathology
Current accreditation dates: July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2020
Progress report requested on standard: 2.2 Faculty Sufficiency (partial compliance)
Ball State University SLP Accreditation Action Report, November 2015 [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. The CAA will maintain the Accreditation Action Report in the public notice for the duration of the probationary period, consistent with the Public Notice of Accreditation Actions policy (see Chapter XII, "Informing the Public" of the Accreditation Handbook). The probation date is included in the program listing.

Placed on Probation as a Result of Annual Report Review

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Clinical doctoral program in audiology
Current accreditation dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2016
Probation date: November 11, 2015
Probation report requested on standards: 1.3 Long-Term Strategic Plan (non-compliance); 1.7 Public Information (non-compliance)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill AUD Accreditation Action Report, November 2015 [PDF]

Master's program in speech-language pathology
Current accreditation dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2016
Probation date: November 11, 2015
Probation report requested on standards: 1.3 Long-Term Strategic Plan (non-compliance); 1.7 Public Information (non-compliance)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SLP Accreditation Action Report, November 2015 [PDF]

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. The CAA will maintain the Accreditation Action Report in the public notice for the duration of the probationary period, consistent with the Public Notice of Accreditation Actions policy (see Chapter XII, "Informing the Public" of the Accreditation Handbook).

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

Programs Currently on Probation

In addition to the programs placed on probation at the CAA’s most recent meeting, the CAA maintains for all programs placed on probation the Accreditation Action Report in the public notice for the duration of the probationary period, consistent with the Policy on Public Notice of Accreditation Actions (see Chapter XII, "Informing the Public" of the Accreditation Handbook). The probation date is included in the program listing. The CAA did not take any new actions on the programs listed below at its latest decision-making meeting.

Placed on Probation as a Result of Annual Report Review

East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee
Clinical doctoral program in audiology
Current accreditation dates: July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2020
Probation date: July 18, 2015
Probation report requested on standards: 1.7 Public Information (partial compliance); 5.3 Program Effectiveness (non-compliance)
East Tennessee State University AUD Accreditation Action Report, July 2015 [PDF]

University of Nebraska, Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Current accreditation dates: July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2020 
Probation date: February 21, 2015
Probation report requested on standards: 1.7 Public Information (non-compliance); 5.3 Program Effectiveness (non-compliance)
University of Nebraska, Omaha SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2015 [PDF]

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

Buffalo State College
Buffalo, New York
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2023
Probation date: February 21, 2015
Probation report requested on standards: 2.2 Faculty Sufficiency (non-compliance); 4.2 Adaptations to Accommodate Differences (partial-compliance); 6.1 Institutional Financial Support (non-compliance); 6.4 Clerical and Support Services (partial-compliance)
Buffalo State College SLP Accreditation Action Report, February 2015 [PDF]

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Master's program in speech-language pathology
Accreditation dates: April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2023
Probation date: February 21, 2015
Probation report requested on standards: 1.3 Program Strategic Plan (non-compliance); 5.1 Program Assessment of Students (partial compliance); 5.2 Student Progress Documentation (partial compliance); 5.3 Program Effectiveness (partial compliance)
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville SLP Accreditation Action Report, February 2015 [PDF]

University of Texas, Pan-American
Edinburg, Texas
Master’s program in speech-language pathology 
Accreditation dates: July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2023 
Probation date: July 18, 2015
Probation report requested on standards: 2.2 Faculty Sufficiency (non-compliance); 1.7 Public Information (partial compliance)
University of Texas, Pan-American SLP Accreditation Action Report, July 2015 [PDF]

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