CAA Standards, Procedures, and Reporting
Seeking or continuing to maintain CAA Accreditation speaks to a program's commitment to quality, to excellence, and to be open to review by peers. Determine what, when, and how to submit accreditation materials for CAA review by accessing the information below.
Standards | Policies & Procedures | Reporting
2008 Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Revised Accreditation Standards
Following careful review and consideration of all of the comments received in the peer review process related to the proposed changes to the Standards, the CAA approved at its February 2012 meeting the final version of the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology effective January 1, 2013. The CAA also developed a side-by-side comparison [PDF] of the standards reflecting the current language, the revised language, and a description of the changes.
At its February 2013 meeting, CAA approved changes to implementation language for three standards and made minor revisions for the implementation language of one additional standard. The minor editorial changes were approved in July 2013. All changes will go into effect January 1, 2014; no changes were made to the standards themselves at either meeting. A side-by-side comparison has been developed to highlight the modifications and the rationale for each change.
Revision Summaries for Updated Standards and Implementation Language – 2008 Standards for Accreditation
Policies and Procedures
How to Apply for Accreditation
CAA Accreditation Fees
Using the HES to Submit Accreditation Reports
Programs are required to notify CAA when changes occur in the program that relate to an accreditation standard. Most changes, such as those related to faculty or curriculum, are typically reported through annual reports. However initiatives that meet CAA's defintions within the Policy on Substantive Changes must be reported and approved by the CAA in advance of implementation. Other changes that have a direct and significant impact on the program's potential ability to comply with standards, such as those regarding administrative structure or program leadership, must be reported to the CAA when they occur.
Submitting Accreditation Reports to CAA
For programs voluntarily seeking accreditation, the CAA requires documentation of compliance with its Standards for Accreditation, via completion and submission of an accreditation application and annual accreditation reports. The accreditation peer review process is comprehensive—looking at a program from many angles and against standards that have been developed by the profession as indicators of quality in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. As a result, detailed documentation is required.
As of May 2009, programs must submit Applications for (Re)Accreditation and Annual Reports through the online Higher Education Data System (HES). Programs planning to file an Application for Candidacy or a Substantive Change Plan must use the appropriate form and submit according to the outlined procedures.
Please note: E-mail reminders for Annual Reports and Application for (Continued) Accreditation are sent to the program director approximately 4 months prior to the date of submission. For instructions, questions, or additional information please contact staff as indicated below.