American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Audiology Education Summits

Audiology Education Summit I: A Collaborative Approach

Through a joint initiative of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), and Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), the Audiology Education Summit: A Collaborative Approach was held on January 13-15, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The goal of this summit was to identify and describe indicators of quality that could be used to assist programs in developing, evaluating, and enhancing clinical doctoral education in audiology. The  conference report [PDF, 3.6MB] outlines the outcomes of the conference - characteristics of clinical doctoral programs in audiology that would optimally prepare students to become desirable, employable professionals. 

Conference participants were able to agree upon many essential elements of quality doctoral education; these essential elements are described within the full conference report along with the salient discussion that occurred during the decision making process. On many issues related to quality doctoral education in audiology, the general level of agreement among conference participants was notable. 

Audiology Conference Summit II: Strengthening Partnerships in Clinical Education

Held in Phoenix on February 3-5, 2006, Audiology Education Summit II: Strengthening Partnerships in Clinical Education was planned by representatives from ASHA, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the American Academy of Audiology. The purpose of the meeting was to share information among clinical preceptors and educators about evolving practices in audiology doctoral programs, and to recommend best practices for universities and clinical sites to incorporate into their training models.

The Summit Advisory Committee issued a conference report [PDF, 5.7MB]. Conference participants were able to agree on many common elements or characteristics related to clinical education and the preparation, supervision, and evaluation of students. These areas of agreement are described within the full conference report along with the salient discussion that occurred during the decision-making process and related presentation materials. Where there was not general agreement, it is so noted in the discussion summary.

It is hoped that this report can serve as a basis for improvement and standardization across audiology doctoral programs in the future. The written report also identifies areas in which consensus does not currently exist, which will require further study and discussion.

For additional information regarding the Audiology Education Summits, please contact Patti Tice, ASHA's Director of Credentialing, at ptice@asha.org.

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