Accreditation Handbook—Chapter XIV: Standards Development and Implementation
The CAA has adopted Standards for Accreditation as necessary conditions for accreditation of eligible graduate education programs. Compliance with all standards represents the minimum requirement for accreditation, regardless of mode of delivery, including distance education. All CAA reviews and decisions, including candidacy, are based on the program’s compliance with the CAA’s Standards for Accreditation.
The CAA implemented revised Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology on August 1, 2017.
CAA Proposes Changes to Standards 1.8, 1.9, and 4.10
Comment Through September 27, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT
At its July 2019 meeting, the CAA proposed changes for the Requirements for Review for Standards 1.8 (Equitable Treatment), 1.9 (Public Information), and 4.10 (Verification of Student Identity for Distance Education) and voted to send these forward to stakeholders for peer review. After reviewing all comments submitted, the CAA will make its final decision regarding the Standards revisions during its October 2019 meeting. All programs will be notified as soon as possible, and the date will be provided for when any changes will go into effect.
Please review the proposed changes and rationale in the August 2019 side-by-side document [PDF] and offer comments online for the CAA’s consideration by Friday, September 27, 2019. The CAA believes the changes for Standards 1.8, 1.9, and 4.10 clarify expectations for complying with these standards.
- Documentation Guidance [PDF]
- Side-by-Side Comparison April 2019 [PDF] of changes approved in November 2018 related to faculty sufficiency, implemented April 1, 2019
- Side-by-Side Comparison 2017 [PDF] of changes approved in July 2017 for nondiscrimination and student outcome data related standards
- Side-by-Side Comparison [PDF] of the 2017 and 2008 standards
- Standards Compliance Trends
Standards Review Processes
As a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the CAA is required to conduct a comprehensive review of its standards on a periodic basis, and does so every 5 to 8 years. The CAA also may conduct an interim review on an as-needed basis to provide clarification or to ensure continued compliance with recognition criteria.