The CAA approved the following edits to the Accreditation Handbook:
At the July 2017 Meeting
- Interruptions of Normal Operations (Chapter XI) – Added requirement that programs report on the program’s operations if events occur that significantly interrupt normal institutional operations, as applicable.
- Public Notice of Accreditation Status (Chapter XII) – Added accreditation status statement sample language for applicant programs to align with 2017 Standard 1.9.
- Complaint Procedures (Chapter XIII) – Modified procedures for requesting extensions to align with extension request procedures for applications and annual reports.
- Structure of Accreditation Standards (Chapter XIV) – Updated descriptions and terminology used with new standards and review requirements.
- Candidacy Basis for Review (Chapter XVI) – Added key and definitions for continuum of CAA’s standards compliance expectations of new programs.
- Appeal Panel – Public Member (Chapter XVIII) – Modified the qualifications of the public member representative to include public members from other accrediting agencies.
At the February 2017 Meeting
- CAA Nominating Committee Member Appointment Procedures (Chapter VI) – Added procedures for identification of alternates if members need to be replaced.
- Required Language for Public Notice of Accreditation Status (Chapter XII) – Updated policy to reflect that, as of January 1, 2017, the CAA requires programs to use specific language when publishing its accreditation status on the program website.
- Complaints Against Graduate Education Programs (Chapter XIII) – Made editorial changes to align with edits to the Complaints Against the CAA.
- Complaints Against the CAA (Chapter XIII) – Updated policy and procedures.
- Notice of Intent for Filing Candidacy Applications (Chapters XV and XVI) – Added requirement for new programs to notify the CAA 5 months in advance of filing an Application for Candidacy.
- Early Probation Report Filing (Chapter XVII) – Updated filing expectations and decision options for consideration of probation reports.
At the July 2016 Meeting
- CAA Composition (Chapter V)—Clarified the definition of public member
- Public Disclosure and Confidentiality (Chapter XII) — Clarified that the individual responsible for the program of professional education is the CAA’s primary contact to consent to any accreditation related information that may be released when requested
- Reporting Program Director Changes (Chapter XI) — Updated form to request information about a new director’s contribution in the program relative to providing leadership in teaching, research, and clinical areas
- Substantive Change Plan Approvals (Chapter XI)—Considered acceptable options for timing of next review after the CAA approves a new substantive change
- Complaint Procedures (Chapter XIII)—A new complaint form now will be required when filing a complaint against an accredited or candidate program to the CAA, to better support efforts for complete and comprehensive information being provided
- Annual Reports and Probation Recommendations (Chapter XVII)—Clarified the Executive Committee’s role in reviewing any probation recommendations before the full Council ‘s decision on an annual report review
- Required Probation or Adverse Actions (Chapter XVII) –Clarified the actions that CAA is required to take when a program is found not in compliance with a standard multiple, consecutive times. Consistent with USDE Criteria for Recognition, a program would be placed on probation or accreditation would be withdrawn after the review of a third consecutive report reveals that issues continue for the same standard(s) and the program remains not in full compliance with all standards
- Probation Reports (Chapter XVII)— Clarified the contents and timing of probation reports when the next report is an accreditation application
At the February 2016 Meeting
- Vision and Purpose statements (Chapter II) – updated as a result of current strategic planning
- CAA Composition (Chapter V) – updated descriptions of CAA member categories
- CAA Standing Committees (Chapter V) – updated charges
- Changes in Qualifications (Chapter V) – revised policy that will now allow individuals who retire while on CAA to complete their term of service
- Closed and Executive Sessions of CAA Meetings (Chapter V) – defined terminology and updated Handbook as appropriate
- Site Visitor Qualifications (Chapter VII)—modified eligibility of individuals applying as academic faculty or clinical faculty site visitors to now require that they must be in the same professional area as the accredited program at which they are employed
- Public Notice of Accreditation Status (Chapter XII) – As of January 2017, programs must use complete accreditation statement on website as outlined in the policy
At the November 2015 Meeting
- Responsibilities of the Site Visit Team (Chapter VII)—updated to reflect fiduciary expectations of site visitors
- Appeals (Chapter XVIII)—updated to add description of the training for the appeal panel and to clarify timing of the appeal hearing
- Script for Appeals (Appendix)–modified to clarify the function of legal counsel during appeal hearings
At the July 2015 Meeting
- Vision and Mission statements (Chapter II)—updated as part of Strategic Planning process.
- Board Liaison Vice Presidents (Chapter III)—updated the Board Liaison Vice Presidents’ responsibility related to CAA Nominating Committee member selection
- CAA Composition (Chapter V)—modified qualifications to reflect that each academic member must be employed in a CAA-accredited program in the same professional area that he or she represents; this new criterion will be implemented with incoming council members in January 2017
- CAA Nominating Committee (Chapter VI)—updated committee selection and decision processes
- Maintaining Qualifications as a Site Visitor (Chapter VII)—clarified that current site visitors who take a position in a non-accredited academic program would not meet expectations to continue service as either an academic or clinical faculty site visitor
- Policy on Student Achievement Measures and Thresholds (Chapter XI)—codified the practice of reviewing and validating student achievement measures and threshold data at least every 3 years
- Focused Site Visits (Chapter XIX)—clarified in this section that focused site visits also may be conducted when considering a program’s probation report or substantive change plan
At the February 2015 Meeting
- Complaint Procedures (Chapter XIII)—updated policy
- Substantive Changes (Chapter XI)—revised eligibility and submission expectations
- Public Notice of Accreditation Status (Chapter XII)—updated policy
- Changes in Institutional Accreditation Status (Chapter XI)—updated policy
- Site Visitor Training Expectations (Chapter VII)—revised beginning 2016 for continuing site visitors
- Site Visit Cancellations (Chapter XVIX)—procedures updated