American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Call for Comment: Public Disclosure of Basis for CAA Accreditation Decisions CAA

Dear Peer Reviewer,

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is seeking comment on changes to its Public Notice of Accreditation Actions policy.

CAA is required by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to make public its accreditation actions, which it does through posting its decisions online within 30 days of each decision-making meeting. CHEA, through its Standard for Recognition 12B.5, has recently broadened its interpretation and now requires its recognized accrediting agencies, including CAA, to publish the basis for all program decisions, including non-adverse accreditation actions (i.e., award or continue accreditation or place on probation). To comply with the CHEA action, CAA is expanding its Public Notice policy to include non-adverse decisions.

CAA wishes to ensure that academic programs, central administrators, and students have the opportunity to give input on the policy change about the accreditation decision information that will be made available publicly. CAA has developed several presentation options [PDF] for the required additional public information. CAA values your perspective on this matter and hopes that you will take a few minutes to review the presentation options and complete the feedback form on the ASHA website. Please do so at your earliest convenience, but no later than October 18, 2013.

CAA will review all comments and will make a final decision at its November 2013 meeting. The CAA expects this new policy to go into effect in early 2014.

The peer review steps:

  1. Download and review the CAA Presentation Options for Public Disclosure of Final Accreditation Decisions [PDF].
  2. Enter your feedback comments (Please note: You may want to prepare your comments in a separate word processing program offline, then cut and paste your responses to questions on the online form).

If you are unable to provide your comments electronically, you may mail or fax a printed copy to the attention of Tess Kirsch at the ASHA National Office, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850 (fax 301-296-8570).

The members of the Council on Academic Accreditation look forward to receiving your comments.

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