Accreditation Handbook—Chapter XV: Overview of Application Review Processes; Chapter XVI: Procedures for Achievement and Maintenance of Candidacy Status; Chapter XIX: Site Visit Planning and Conduct
The CAA has designated specific reporting milestones and timelines below to assist in planning for new programs that are seeking candidacy status. Please note that time frames represent typical review milestones and are dependent on the program’s ability to demonstrate readiness to offer the graduate program. Therefore, some programs will take longer than others to advance through the CAA’s candidacy process. However, developing programs must be in contact with the Accreditation Office at least 2 years in advance of opening the proposed program.
|Timeline||Typical Activity for SLP & Audiology Programs|
|As soon as possible in planning phases and at least 2 years before planned graduate student enrollment.||Contact the Accreditation Office to schedule a required consultation.
Access Notice of Intent and Application for Candidacy forms (only available through Accreditation Office).
|At least 24 months before planned graduate student enrollment.||Program submits Notice of Intent and provides supporting documentation, include rationales for the program. The letter should be on university letterhead and must indicate the program director or other point of contact for the program.|
|Within 30 calendar days of receipt of complete Notice of Intent from the program.||CAA reviews the Notice of Intent materials and schedules the program to submit its Application for Candidacy.|
|At least 18 months before planned graduate student enrollment.||Program submits signed application and eligibility statement
with application fee for readiness review by CAA.
Review comments and readiness recommendation1 from CAA. Program incorporates CAA recommendations into application and resubmits application for review within 6 months.
|At least 12 months before planned graduate student enrollment.||Official submission of application for candidacy to CAA.2
Review and comments by CAA.
|Semester after official candidacy application submitted.||Program submits possible site visit dates and identifies
conflicts with possible candidacy site visitors. Conduct of
candidacy site visit. Candidacy site visit report submitted by
team. Program response to the candidacy site visit report to
CAA. SV team review of program response to candidacy site visit report. SV team comments to CAA as appropriate.
|Next CAA decision-making meeting after candidacy site visit (typically March or July).||Candidacy decision by CAA (term = 5 years).|
|First semester with students.||Enroll students.|
|February or August—Determined by anniversary of decision.||1st annual report.|
|February or August—Determined by anniversary of decision.||2nd annual report.|
|February or August—Determined by anniversary of decision.||3rd annual report (SLP programs may alternatively submit the Application for Accreditation).|
|February or August—Determined by anniversary of decision.||Application for Accreditation (at least 12 months before end of candidacy term).|
1CAA may recommend an accelerated review as a result of the readiness review and proceed with a candidacy site visit. If deemed not ready, program may submit a second version of the candidacy application in consideration of CAA’s feedback within 6 months of notice without penalty.
2 If approved for accelerated review, programs would not need to resubmit application.