Over the 5-year period from 2010-2014, the CAA completed a total of 237 accreditation application reviews of graduate academic programs (53 clinical doctoral programs in audiology, 184 master’s programs in speech-language pathology). The average number of accreditation applications reviewed annually was 47.4 (10.6 in audiology, 36.8 in speech-language pathology), with a range of 43–52 reviews annually (5–17 in audiology and 33–40 in speech-language pathology).
Trends in Standards Citations
During 2010-2014, the areas (standards) that the CAA most frequently cited for program noncompliance or partial compliance as the result of initial and re-accreditation application reviews are listed below, in order of frequency of citations. In addition, each of these 12 standards were cited every year between 2010 and 2014 for partial or non-compliance, at least once.
- Current, accurate, and readily available public information about the program and/or institution, including accurate student outcome measures, accreditation statement, and other program information (Standard 1.7)
- Ongoing assessments of program effectiveness and use of results for program improvement, including plans for improving performance on student achievement measures that fall below CAA-established thresholds (Standard 5.3)
- Overall faculty, including research-qualified doctoral faculty, and workload assignments are sufficient to meet program mission (Standard 2.2)
- Program assessment of student performance, including tracking and documentation of summative and formative assessments of students, and development and implementation of remediation plans and guidelines (Standard 5.1)
- Development, implementation, dissemination, and ongoing review of a long-range strategic plan (Standard 1.3)
- Adequacy of physical facilities, including accommodations for persons with disabilities (Standard 6.2)
- Curriculum that prepares students for full depth and breadth of scope of practice and opportunity for acquisition of knowledge and skills (Standard 3.1)
- Sufficiency of program support services and resources and support/technical staff (Standard 6.4)
- Documentation of manner/amount of supervision commensurate with knowledge and skills of individual students (Standard 3.5)
- Students are informed about program policies and procedures, including a documented complaint process and contact information for the CAA (Standard 4.3)
- Documentation of regular evaluation of the program director’s effectiveness in advancing the goals of the program and institution and in leadership and administration of the program (Standard 1.5)
- Curriculum is systematically and regularly reviewed and updated and reflects diversity of society (Standard 3.2)
Over that same 5-year span (2010-2014), the areas (standards) that were cited for partial compliance or noncompliance the LEAST (e.g., only one citation in the entire 5-year span) include:
- Policies for non-discrimination made available to faculty and staff and the public (Standard 1.6)
- Program support, incentives, and resources are available for the continued professional development of the faculty (Standard 2.3)
Of note, between 2010 and 2014 there were 21 graduate education programs that received no citations (e.g., no areas of noncompliance, no areas of partial compliance, and no areas for follow-up) as a result of their initial or re-accreditation application reviews, averaging 4.2 per year (and ranging from 1-7 programs annually with a ‘clean’ review).
Trends in Accreditation Decisions
The following trends are of note in the CAA’s accreditation decisions between 2010 and 2014:
- Re-accreditation: A total of 194 programs were re-accredited (192 for a period of 8 years and 2 for a period of 5 years) between 2010 and 2014, for an average of 38.8 programs per year (ranging from 27-47 programs annually).
- Candidacy: A total of 15 programs were awarded candidacy between 2010 and 2014, for an average of 3 per year (ranging from 1-6 programs annually). Of note is the upward trend in numbers of programs applying for candidacy as well as holding candidacy status.
- Initial Accreditation: A total of 8 programs were awarded initial accreditation over the same 5-year period (2010-2014), with an average of 1.6 per year, and a mode of 2 programs per year. This pattern appears to be holding steady at 1-2 programs per year.
- Probation: A total of 12 programs were placed on probation between 2010 and 2014, as a result of CAA’s review of an annual report or application for continued accreditation, averaging 2.4 programs per year (range of 1-4). However, of note is the upward trend in this area with 4 programs being placed on probation in 2013 and another 4 programs in 2014 as the result of annual report reviews.
Accreditation status decisions (e.g., award accreditation, place on probation) are made public in accordance with the CAA’s Public Notice of Accreditation Actions policy. CAA’s policy and descriptions of those decisions can be found in the Accreditation Handbook—Chapter XII Informing the Public.