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Spring 2019

Volunteer Positions Available—Apply Now for 2020!
Interested in volunteering to support the CAA’s accreditation program? We are currently recruiting to fill anticipated vacancies for both the CAA and the CAA Nominating Committee for terms beginning January 1, 2020. Online applications are due Friday, May 31, 2019.
  • CAA Member Positions
    Individuals elected to the CAA will serve 4-year terms. Five vacancies are anticipated for 2020:
    • Three academic audiology members representing accredited audiology programs
    • One academic speech-language pathology member representing accredited speech-language pathology program
    • One practitioner member representing speech-language pathology
  • CAA Nominating Committee Positions
    Individuals selected to serve on the CAA Nominating Committee will serve 1-year terms. Four vacancies are anticipated in 2020:
    • One academic member representing audiology
    • One academic member representing speech-language pathology
    • One practitioner member representing audiology
    • One practitioner member representing speech-language pathology
April 7–13, 2019, Is National Volunteer Week!
Thank you to the 145 individuals who volunteer their time and talents while serving as CAA Members, Site Visitors, and CAA Nominating Committee Members.

Join CAA at CAPCSD’s Annual Conference in San Diego!
Meet CAA members and Accreditation staff in the exhibit area at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. The CAA Update session will be on Thursday, April 11, 4:30ndash;5:30 p.m., which will highlight trends in standards’ citations, changes in the 2017 Standards for Accreditation, and updates to CAA review processes and decisions.
CAA Meeting Highlights

A New Year, a New CAA
Please join us in welcoming new members and the CAA’s 2019 leadership team.

New members, whose terms began on January 1, 2019, are as follows:
  • Meher Banajee, speech-language pathology academic, New Orleans, LA
  • Cynthia Fenstermaker, audiology practitioner, Columbus, OH
  • Lynn Flahive, speech-language pathology academic, Fort Worth, TX
  • Gale Rice, speech-language pathology academic, St. Louis, MO
  • Kelly Troxell, speech-language pathology practitioner, Allentown, PA
2019 Executive Committee officers are as follows:
  • Anthony DiLollo, chair
  • Nancy Alarcon, chair-elect
  • Radhika Aravamudhan, vice chair for audiology
  • Lauren Bland, vice chair for speech-language pathology
The CAA held its first meeting of the year February 27–March 2; the next meeting will take place July 17–20. Actions taken during the February meeting will be described throughout this issue of the newsletter.

Accreditation Decisions
All final accreditation decisions made during the CAA’s Winter 2019 decision-making meeting are posted online, consistent with the CAA’s Public Notice of Accreditation Actions policy.
  • New Programs Achieve CAA Accreditation Status. The CAA awarded candidacy status to the master’s degree program in speech-language pathology at Concordia University, Wisconsin. The CAA awarded initial accreditation to the master’s degree programs in speech-language pathology at Iona College in New York, Monmouth University in New Jersey, and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Congratulations to these programs on achieving this recognition!
  • Programs in Full Compliance—Comprehensive Accreditation Review. Join the CAA in congratulating the following programs: Bowling Green State University (SLP); California State University, Chico (SLP); Ithaca College (SLP); Monmouth University (SLP); Sacred Heart University (SLP); Southern Connecticut State University (SLP); University of Nebraska, Kearney (SLP); and Worcester State University (SLP). These programs were in full compliance with all Standards for Accreditation as a result of CAA’s comprehensive review. The CAA does not post the Accreditation Action Reports for programs that have not received any standards citations.
CAA Policies and Procedures
The CAA approved the following policy and procedural changes. The relevant Accreditation Handbook chapter is noted in parentheses behind each policy.
  • Roles and Responsibilities of CAA Members (Chapter V) – Updated expectations to reflect third meeting to be conducted at ASHA National Office under Performance and Attendance; removed reference to partial compliance in Report Reviews.
  • Standing Committees (Chapter V) – Removed the Communications Committee as a standing committee.
  • Meetings (Chapter V) – Updated description of frequency to indicate that the CAA will conduct three meetings yearly, including a fall meeting in lieu of the meeting prior to ASHA Convention.
  • Report Submission (Chapter XI) – Updated to indicate that Applications for Candidacy must be submitted by February 1 or August 1.
  • Discontinued Accreditation Review (Chapter XV) – Updated to indicate that Applications for Candidacy must be submitted February 1 or August 1.
  • Application for Candidacy (Chapter XVI) – Updated to indicate that Applications for Candidacy must be submitted by February 1 or August 1 and must still be submitted no less than 18 months prior to student enrollment.
  • CAA Final Review of and Action on Initial and Reaccreditation Applications (Chapter XVII) – Removed reference to partial compliance.
  • CAA Final Review of and Action on Annual Reports (Chapter XVII) – Removed reference to partial compliance.
  • CAA Final Review of and Action on Probation Reports (Chapter XVII) – Removed reference to partial compliance.
  • CAA Final Review of and Action on Substantive Change Plans (Chapter XVII) – Removed reference to partial compliance.
  • Required Meetings and Activities – Exit Report (Chapter XIX) – Removed Partial Observation/Verification reference.
Improvements Underway: 2017 Accreditation Customer Feedback Survey (CFS)
Based on the review in 2018 of more than 6,000 comments and ratings from academic and clinical faculty at CAA-accredited and candidacy programs, the CAA has targeted several areas for improvement in its operations. Data from the 2017 CFS and other feedback mechanisms are being used to drive improvements to existing processes, develop new initiatives and resources, and develop its 2019–2021 Strategic Plan to support its vision “to engage academic programs in strategic partnerships for the advancement of quality education and enhancement of the professions.”

New Standards Compliance Trend Data Reports Available
Check out what standards were most frequently cited as noncompliant or partially compliant in 2018, in applications reviewed by the CAA as well as in annual reports.

Updated Faculty Standards 2.1 and 2.2 Now in Effect
At its November 2018 meeting, the CAA voted to approve changes to Standards 2.1 and 2.2 after considering feedback provided during the Fall 2018 proposed standards changes peer review. The changes went into effect April 1, 2019.

Removal of "Partial Compliance" as a Citation Level Now in Effect
As of April 1, 2019, the CAA will no longer cite programs as being in “partial compliance” for any standard in its accreditation decisions. The CAA determined that a program that cannot demonstrate compliance with all Requirements for Review for a Standard would be in noncompliance for that standard. Any citations in the Accreditation Action Reports (AARs) will be categorized as areas of noncompliance or as areas for follow-up.

CAA’s decision to eliminate the partial compliance category for decisions made after April 1, 2019, is not retroactive to prior decisions or citations, nor will prior citations be changed. Previous AAR citations for partial compliance remain as is, and programs are expected to address progress made on any partial compliance citations in their next report. See Chapter XVII, “Procedures for Achievement and Maintenance of an Accredited Status,” in the Accreditation Handbook for more information.
Announcements If you have any questions or comments about this issue of the newsletter or suggestions for the future, please direct them to
Fall 2019 Issue Topics
  • Slate of nominees for 2020 CAA member vacancies
  • Site visitor recruitment
  • Schedule of CAA sessions and events at ASHA Convention in Orlando
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