Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

A semi-autonomous body within ASHA that liaisons with the ASHA Board of Directors through the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology


Formulate standards for the accreditation of graduate educational programs that provide entry-level professional preparation in audiology or speech-language pathology; evaluate programs that voluntarily apply for accreditation; grant certificates to and recognize those programs deemed to have fulfilled requirements for accreditation; maintain a registry of holders of such certificates; and prepare and furnish to appropriate persons and agencies lists of accredited programs.


Council of 18 members including:

  • 11 academic members from the faculty/staff of CAA-accredited graduate education programs at the time of appointment. Individuals must: a) have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution; at least 3 academic members in audiology and 4 academic members in speech-language pathology must be research-qualified (PhD or EdD) doctoral level faculty, b) hold a rank of associate professor or above, or be a comparably experienced educators, c) at least 1 of the academic members shall have significant experience in clinical teaching (supervision). No more than 3 may have clinical teaching as their primary role.
  • 5 clinical practitioners who are employed full-time in non-academic settings. Individuals must: a) have the direct delivery of speech-language-hearing services as their primary employment function at the time of appointment, b) have worked in the area that credentials are held for at least 5 years, c) at least 1 of these shall have experience in supervising students and/or clinical fellows, d) at least 1 shall be an audiologist and at least 2 shall be speech-language pathologists
  • 1 additional member who represents the area of audiology could be either an academic member or a clinical practitioner, depending on the specific needs of the council in a given year.
  • 1 public member who is not a member of the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology. As defined by the U.S. Department of Education, a “representative of the public” is a person who is not a) an employee, member of the governing board, owner, or shareholder of or consultant to a program that either is accredited or has applied for accreditation by the CAA; b) a current or past member of any trade association or membership organization that advocates on behalf of audiology and/or speech-language pathology issues; or c) a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of an individual identified in a) or b).


  • Susan Gordon-Hickey, Chair
  • Radhika Aravamudhan, Board Liaison, Audiology
  • Barbara Rodriguez, Board Liaison, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Valerie Brosius
  • Chimezie Chidi
  • Maurice Goodwin
  • Jean Gordon
  • Memorie Gosa, Chair-Elect
  • Annette Hurley
  • Shatonda Jones, Vice Chair- SLP
  • Carol Koch
  • Dorian Lee-Wilkerson
  • Valeria Matlock
  • Alyssa Needleman, Vice Chair - Audiology
  • Amanda Picioli
  • Mary Reeves, Public Member
  • Cynthia Richburg
  • Alison Scheer-Cohen
  • Heidi Slager
  • Alan Smith


4 years


The CAA holds three meetings per year at the ASHA National Office—two 3 1/2 day meetings on the third Wednesday–Saturday of February and third Wednesday–Saturday of July, and one 2 1/2-day meeting in the fall. Attendance and participation at CAA's face-to-face meetings is expected. Specific committees of the council hold several conference calls per year and the full council may hold 2 conference calls per year.

During certain periods of the year, it is anticipa​ted that Council members may average 4–6 hours per week for CAA activities. Members establish accreditation standards, conduct in-depth evaluations of accreditation applications to determine compliance with established standards, accredit qualified graduate programs, and monitor compliance over the period of accreditation through review of annual reports. ​CAA Members also serve as faculty for training workshops and educational sessions throughout the year. ​The CAA relies heavily on technology to conduct program reviews and other Council work.

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

The Council consists of voting members with the following qualifications:

  • 7 represent the area of audiology, 6 of whom must hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in audiology;
  • 10 represent the area of speech-language pathology, 9 of whom must hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology;
  • No more than one individual from a specific educational institution or clinical facility may serve on the Council at the same time.
  • At least 9 shall have served as academic program accreditation site visitors.

Staff Liaison

Gretchen Ehret, ex officio (

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