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Fall 2016

Elect Three New Academic Members to the CAA—Voting Is Open Through September 15, 11:59 p.m., EDT
Program directors of all eligible CAA-accredited programs were notified via e-mail on August 30 and were given instructions on how to cast ballots on behalf of their respective programs. Statements from candidates to fill the one audiology and two speech-language pathology academic member vacancies for the 2017 CAA are available online.

Join the CAA at the 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia

Implementation of 2017 Standards for Accreditation
  • Applications for Candidacy—January 1, 2017
  • Applications for (Re)Accreditation, Annual Reports, Annual Candidacy Progress Reports—August 1, 2017
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CAA Meeting Highlights

July 2016 Accreditation Decisions
All final accreditation decisions made during the CAA’s July 2016 meeting are posted on the Accreditation Decisions web page, consistent with the CAA’s Public Notice of Accreditation Actions policy.
  • New Programs Achieve CAA Accreditation Status. The CAA awarded initial accreditation to the speech-language pathology master’s program at Stockton University in New Jersey. The CAA also awarded candidacy status to four new programs—the master’s programs in speech-language pathology at Biola University in California, Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, California Baptist University in California, and Yeshiva University in New York. Congratulations to these programs on achieving this recognition!
  • Programs in Full Compliance. Join the CAA in congratulating the programs at Case Western Reserve University (SLP), Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium (AUD), Nova Southeastern University (AUD), Texas Tech University (AUD and SLP), Touro College (SLP), University of Kansas (AUD and SLP), Utah State University (AUD and SLP), and Western Michigan University (AUD). All of these programs were in full compliance with all Standards for Accreditation as a result of CAA’s comprehensive review. In addition, the CAA noted only areas for follow-up next year for five additional programs that were in compliance with all standards. The CAA does not post the Accreditation Action Reports for programs that have received no 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 topic.
  • CAA Composition (Chapter V)—Clarified the definition of “public member”.
  • Public Disclosure and Confidentiality (Chapter XII)—Clarified that the individual responsible for the program of professional education is the CAA’s primary contact to consent to any accreditation-related information that may be released when requested.
  • Reporting Program Director Changes (Chapter XI)—Updated form to request information about new director’s contribution in the program relative to providing leadership in teaching, research, and clinical areas.
  • Approving Substantive Change Plans (Chapter XI)—Considered acceptable options for timing of next review after the CAA approves a new substantive change.
  • Complaint Procedures (Chapter XIII)—A new complaint form now will be required when filing a complaint against an accredited or candidate program to the CAA, to better support efforts for complete and comprehensive information being provided.
  • Annual Reports and Probation Recommendations (Chapter XVII)—Clarified the Executive Committee’s role in reviewing any probation recommendations before the full Council ‘s decision on an annual report review.
  • Required Probation or Adverse Actions (Chapter XVII)—Clarified the actions that CAA is required to take when a program is found to be not compliant with a standard multiple, consecutive times. Consistent with USDE Criteria for Recognition, a program would be placed on probation or accreditation would be withdrawn after the review of a third consecutive report reveals that issues continue for the same standard(s) and the program remains not in full compliance with all standards.
  • Probation Reports (Chapter XVII)—Clarified the contents and timing of probation reports when the next report is an accreditation application.
New Requirement for Publishing Your Accreditation Statement—January 1, 2017
  • Beginning January 1, 2017, a program must use the applicable accreditation statement in its entirety on its website as articulated in CAA’s Public Notice of Accreditation Status policy (see Accreditation Handbook, Chapter XII). Additional references to the program’s accreditation status on the website must be accurate but need not include all components of the accreditation statement.
  • SLP Practice Analysis and Curriculum Study—A survey of SLPs and program directors will be fielded in September 2016.
  • Annual Report and Accreditation Application Submissions
    • The system opens October 1, 2016, for the February 1, 2017, submission deadline.
    • FAQs and data collection worksheets are available online.
  • Annual Recruitment for Site Visitors—Begins in Fall 2016
  • Call for Comment on Programs Scheduled for a Site Visit
  • Candidacy Program Assessment—The CAA will be seeking feedback from directors and faculty of programs that participated in CAA’s candidacy program in the past 5 years as part of its evaluation of the current model’s effectiveness. Watch for an e-mail invitation!
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Spring 2017 Issue Topics
  • Status of 2017 Standards Implementation
  • Call for Applications to Serve on CAA for 2018
  • Join CAA at CAPCSD’s Annual Conference
  • Summary of 2016 Standards Compliance Trends
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