American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Site Visit Manual

Updated March 2014

The Site Visit Manual contains policies, procedures, and forms related to the conduct and report of a site visit to a graduate education program as part of its accreditation review by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). It was developed for use by both programs and site visit team members.

This resource includes suggested interview questions, agenda guidelines, report template, and sample evaluation form.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. CAA Accreditation

III. Site Visitors

IV. Site Visit

  • Scheduling the Site Visit
    • Cancellations
    • Team Composition
    • Appointment of the Site Visit Team
    • Travel Arrangements and Expenses
  • Preparation for the Site Visit
  • Public Comment
    • Procedures for Submitting Written Comments Prior to the Site Visit
    • Procedures for Handling Comments Received in Advance of the Site Visit
    • Procedures for Providing Comments During Site Visit
  • Site Visit Agenda
    • Evening Before the Site Visit
    • Suggested Activities for the First Day of the Visit
    • Suggested Activities for the Second Day of the Visit
    • Time Allocation
    • Preliminary Meeting of the Site Visit Team 
  • Conducting the Site Visit
    • General Principles
    • Sources of Data
  • Conducting Interviews
    • Forms of Interviews
    • Content of Interviews
    • Recording the Interviews
    • Suggested Questions in Data Gathering
    • Closing Interviews
    • Problem Areas
  • Required Meetings
    • Initial Interview with Program Director
    • Orientation Meeting with Instructional Staff
    • Exit Report
    • Problems during the Site Visit

V. Site Visit Report

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