Accreditation Connection
CAA: Committed to quality and dedicated to audiology and speech-language pathology programs' success in preparing future professionals
Fall 2017

Four New Members to the CAAVoting 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 28 and were given instructions on how to cast ballots on behalf of their respective programs. Statements from candidates to fill the two academic member vacancies (one audiology and one speech-language pathology) and two practitioner member vacancies (one audiology and one speech-language pathology) for the 2018 CAA are available online.

Join the CAA at the 2017 ASHA Convention in Los Angeles

2017 Standards for Accreditation Now in Effect
  • Revised Standard 1.8
  • Revised Requirements for Review for Standards 3.9A/B, 5.5, 5.6, and 5.7
  • Updated Documentation Guidance
  • Updated change notification forms
2017 Reporting System
Thank you for your patience as the CAA (and you) transitioned to using the new EnGauge system to submit accreditation applications and annual reports this year. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

Ask the CAA
  • Should our program include interprofessional education/interprofessional collaborative practice (IPE/IPP) in our academic and clinical curriculum?
CAA Meeting Highlights

Summer 2017 Accreditation Decisions
All final accreditation decisions made during the CAA’s July 19–22, 2017, 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 programs at Elmhurst College in Illinois and Pacific University in Oregon and to the audiology clinical doctoral program at Pacific University in Oregon. The CAA also awarded candidacy status to the master’s program in speech-language pathology at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in Texas. Congratulations to these programs on achieving this recognition!
  • Programs in Full Compliance—Comprehensive Accreditation Review. Join the CAA in congratulating the following programs: George Washington University (SLP), Harding University (SLP), Marquette University (SLP), Pacific University (SLP), The Pennsylvania State University (SLP), Temple University (SLP), Truman State University (SLP), University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (SLP), and Washington University (AUD). These programs were in full compliance with all Standards for Accreditation as a result of CAA’s comprehensive review. In addition, the CAA noted areas for follow-up next year for six 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 & Procedures
The CAA approved the following policy and procedural changes. The relevant Accreditation Handbook chapter is noted in parentheses behind each policy topic.
  • Interruptions of Normal Operations (Chapter XI) — Added a requirement that programs report on the continuity and recovery of the program’s operations if events occur that significantly interrupt normal institutional operations, as applicable.
  • Public Notice of Accreditation Status (Chapter XII) — Added accreditation status statement sample language for applicant programs to align with 2017 Standard 1.9.
  • Complaint Procedures (Chapter XIII) — Modified procedures for requesting extensions to align with extension request procedures for applications and annual reports.
  • Structure of Accreditation Standards (Chapter XIV) — Updated descriptions and terminology used with new standards and review requirements.
  • Candidacy Basis for Review (Chapter XVI) — Added key and definitions for continuum of CAA’s standards compliance expectations of new programs.
  • Appeal Panel – Public Member (Chapter XVIII) — Modified the qualifications of the public member representative to include public members from other accrediting agencies.  

Spring 2018 Issue Topics

  • Call for Applications to Serve on CAA for 2019
  • Join CAA at CAPCSD’s Annual Conference
  • Summary of Standards Compliance Trends for 2017 Decisions

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