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Call for Public Comments

Accreditation Handbook—Chapter XII: Informing the Public


In accordance with the CAA’s Public Comment policy and procedures, the CAA is seeking public comment as part of its review of the clinical doctoral programs in audiology or master’s programs in speech-language pathology that have submitted applications for candidacy or applications for initial or continued accreditation and anticipate a site visit.

Programs anticipating a CAA site visit are required to provide opportunity for public comment in advance of the site visit. In addition, programs will host a public meeting with the CAA site visitors during the visit.

Site Visits During COVID-19 Pandemic

The CAA is conducting all site visits as virtual site visits at this time in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education guidance and CAA’s emergency policy [PDF]. Program listings are updated as schedules are confirmed. Individuals may continue to submit comments in accordance with the CAA’s policy during this time.

How To Submit Comments

Individuals who wish to provide input about a program seeking candidacy or initial accreditation or about a CAA-accredited program seeking continued accreditation may do so in 2 ways:

  1. Submit written comments prior to the accreditation site visit. All comments are due in the Accreditation Office no later than 15 days before the first day of the scheduled site visit. Comments received after this time will not be forwarded to the site visit team for consideration during the accreditation review, in accordance with the procedures specified in Chapter XII of the Accreditation Handbook.
  2. Provide comments to the site visit team during the program’s scheduled site visit, such as during the public meeting.

All comments must:

  • Relate to a program’s compliance with the current Standards for Accreditation
  • Identify the specific program seeking candidacy, initial accreditation, or continued accreditation with the CAA
  • All written testimony—including comments faxed or submitted as e-mail attachments–must include the commenter’s name, address and telephone contact information and the commenter’s relationship to the program in order for Accreditation staff to verify the source of the testimony. All comments must be signed.

Comments that do not meet these requirements will not be considered, and the individual or group commenting will be notified.

The Standards for Accreditation and the CAA’s Public Comment policy and procedures are available in the Accreditation Handbook. These documents may also be obtained by sending a written request to the Accreditation Office.

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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