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Ask the CAA

This page archives the questions featured in the "Ask the CAA" section in Accreditation Connection e-newsletter. 

Expiration of the Public Health Emergency and the Impacts on Substantive Changes


The CAA clarifies how programs that plan to apply for substantive changes could be affected by the end of the public health emergency on May 11, 2023.
Diversity in the Curriculum


The CAA's Standards for Accreditation include the expectations for how programs address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academic and clinical curriculum.
CAA Support for Public Information Standard


The CAA and accreditation staff are implementing new procedures for assessing a program’s compliance with Standard 1.9–Public Information, including an early notification system when not all requirements are in place.
Academic and Clinical Content


The CAA references both academic and clinical content and coursework in its Standards for Accreditation (Standards). How those terms are defined support various aspects of the CAA’s compliance indicators, such as faculty teaching load.
Distance Education 2021


How do the changes in CAA’s distance education definition impact programs?
Public Information


The CAA requires programs to make available to students and to the public information about the program and institution that is current, accurate, and readily available.
Enforcement of Standards 2021


The CAA approved changes to its policy and procedures that set forth the expectations and timelines for a program to address any areas of non-compliance with accreditation standards.
Program Closure Notification


When closure of an accredited or candidate program has been decided, programs must notify the CAA in writing as soon as possible but no later than 30 days after the final decision to close.
Praxis as a Summative Assessment


The Educational Testing Service (ETS) developed the Praxis tests to assess an individual’s knowledge, skills, and readiness to enter independent practice in their respective profession.
Tips for Documenting Compliance


What are the CAA’s expectations for documenting compliance with a standard?
Nondiscrimination Statements


The CAA expects programs to address policies and procedures that they use to ensure equitable treatment for all students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinics.
Accreditation and Certification


Accreditation is about programs, and certification is about individuals.
Strategies to Collect Employment Data From Graduates


The CAA requires accredited programs to annually report student achievement data in three areas—program completion, Praxis examination performance, and employment of graduates in the professions.
Calculating Program Completion Rates


The CAA provides guidance on calculating program completion rates, which is used as an outcome measure that addresses the quality of the program’s success with respect to student achievement.
IPE/IPP in Academic and Clinical Curriculum


The CAA's standards include important aspects of interprofessional education/interprofessional collaborative practice (IPE/IPP).
Importance of Responding to CAA Reports


The CAA considers the review processes—for applications and annual reports—as part of a dialogue with the program about its compliance with the Standards for Accreditation.
Long-Term Strategic Planning


The CAA requires programs to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a long-term strategic plan.
ASHA Certification for Program Faculty and Supervisors


The CAA does not require that program faculty and supervisors hold the ASHA Certification (CCC) or any other credential, but it does look to confirm that the experience and qualifications are appropriate to each person’s responsibilities in the program.
CAA Support of Innovation


The CAA believes in the importance of innovation to reflect the ideas and hopes of professionals in the discipline.
Maintaining Student Records


The CAA requires programs to describe their policies for retention of student records for completing degree and credentialing requirements.

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 assistants, 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


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