Accreditation Handbook—Chapter II: Mission and Principles of the CAA
The CAA is recognized as an accrediting agency for audiology and speech-language pathology graduate education programs by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).
Recognition by these agencies is an external validation of the CAA’s adherence to best practices in accreditation.
Benefits of National Recognition
- Opportunity for a comprehensive self-assessment by the CAA and external reviews of its accreditation process against specific standards, as both CHEA and ED require agencies to participate in scheduled reviews every 5–10 years to maintain recognition
- Affirmation for the public that the CAA has standards and processes that:
- Advance academic quality in higher education
- Ensure accountability through consistent, clear, and coherent communication to the public and the higher education community
- Encourage institutions or programs to plan for purposeful change and needed improvement
- Eligibility for the CAA’s accredited programs for certain federal funding, such as grants
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
The CAA and its predecessors have been recognized continuously by CHEA and its predecessors since 1964. CAA’s recognized scope under CHEA is for the accreditation and pre-accreditation (accreditation candidate) throughout the United States of education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master’s or doctoral level, and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education.
During 2012–2013, CAA participated in eligibility and continued recognition reviews by CHEA. CAA met eligibility conditions in September 2012, and completed the recognition component in November 2013 that resulted in CHEA awarding CAA its maximum 10 year recognition period. See the recent press release.
Secretary, U.S. Department of Education (ED)
The CAA and its predecessors have been recognized continuously by ED since 1967. The CAA’s scope of recognition under ED is for the accreditation and pre-accreditation (Accreditation Candidate) throughout the United States of education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master’s or doctoral level, and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education.
The ED recognition also enables CAA-accredited programs to establish eligibility to participate in federal programs authorized under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA), Section III; and the U.S. Public Health Service Act, as amended by the Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392, Sec. 739.
During 2015, the CAA prepared, submitted, and defended its petition for continued recognition with the Secretary. A decision about the CAA’s recognition status and updated term is expected in early 2016.