2016 AuD Education Summit

The 2016 AuD Education Summit was held at the ASHA National Office on October 27–28, 2016. The purpose of the Summit was to discuss the challenges associated with the current model of clinical education, learn about alternative models from other doctoral professions, and identify strategies for improvement. Representatives from all AuD programs, as well as representatives from audiology professional associations and credentialing bodies participated.

In August 2019, the ASHA Board of Directors accepted the AuD Education Summit Task Force Report [PDF], prepared by the task force members, that describes working group recommendations for moving forward.

In January 2017, the ASHA Board of Directors approved the Executive Summary [PDF] prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2016 AuD Education Summit.

In March 2017, the ASHA BOD approved a resolution to establish a task force of audiology organizations that will be charged with developing an action plan by December 31, 2018, to achieve the following priority goals identified at the Summit:

  1. Provide a mechanism for establishing Summit working groups to further pursue strategies for addressing the identified challenges.
  2. Provide frameworks and mechanisms for standardization of the AuD externship.
  3. Provide frameworks and mechanisms for evaluating student readiness and outcome measures. 

Members of the task force will be appointed by their individual entities which will comprise:

  • Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)
  • American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
  • American Board of Audiology (ABA)
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)
  • Council of AuD Program Directors (CAuDP)
  • Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC)
  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
  • Student Academy of Audiology (SAA)

Invited Summit Speakers

Fred Bess, PhD
Director, National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication Professor of Audiology, Vanderbilt University

William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA
Executive Vice President, Professional Affairs, American Physical Therapy Association

Donald Brady, MD
Director and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development, Vanderbilt University

Susan C. Oleszewski, OD, MA, FAAO
Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations, Pennsylvania College of Optometry  

Summit Meeting Materials

Summit Webcast Opportunity

To allow for greater inclusion, the Thursday, October 27, session of the Summit was also available via webcast. Fifty eight individuals registered for the webcast, including 16 groups, for an approximate total of 153 observers.

Summit Planning Committee

  • Ruth Bentler, Chair
  • Radhika Aravamudhan
  • Joan Besing
  • Craig Champlin
  • Robert Hanyak
  • Lisa Lucks Mendel
  • Michelle Menendez
  • Lisa Rickard
  • Anne Marie Tharpe
  • L. Maureen Valente
  • Barbara Cone, Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology
  • Neil DiSarno, ex officio
  • Loretta Nunez, staff consultant

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