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Recognized Accrediting Agency

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.

CHEA awarded CAA its maximum 10-year recognition when last reviewed in 2014. The CAA would be scheduled for review in 2024. CHEA implemented new recognition standards in 2019, and the CAA submitted transition reports during 2019-2020 to comply with all reporting requirements to maintain its recognition status. The scope of recognition, as listed above, was approved in March 2014.

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), Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools, 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. 

The CAA submitted its petition for continued recognition with the Secretary in February 2020. Representative of the CAA and Accreditation Staff defended the petition at the March 3–5, 2021 virtual meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Intuitional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). NACIQI recommended the maximum term of five years for continued recognition with the Secretary, which is expected to be finalized in June 2021.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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About the CAA

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program.

Contact the CAA

Questions and/or requests for information about accreditation or the CAA can be directed to:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850

800-498-2071

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