Accreditation Handbook—Chapter XIV: Standards Development and Implementation
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 interim or focused reviews of standards before the formal comprehensive review is due.
The purposes of accreditation standards are to:
- Promote excellence in preparing students to enter the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology
- Protect and inform the public by recognizing programs that meet or exceed accreditation standards
- Stimulate improvement of programs’ educational activities by means of self-study and evaluation
The goal of CAA’s standards review and revision process is to develop standards that focus primarily on academic quality and student achievement sufficient to successfully prepare individuals to enter professional practice. It is good practice to consider the dynamic, ongoing discussions in higher education and the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology to ensure that the standards are in alignment with the needs and goals of our stakeholders.
The CAA proactively engages stakeholders and communities of interest in the standards review process. These stakeholders include:
- Clinical educators
- CAA site visitors
- State credentialing authorities
- Association representatives, professional organizations, and professionals in audiology and speech-language pathology
Throughout the standards development process, the CAA seeks, receives, and uses comments and suggestions from the stakeholders and communities of interest to develop, validate, and clarify standards.
Revised Standards for Accreditation—August 2017 Implementation
The CAA conducted its last comprehensive review of accreditation standards during 2014-2016. The CAA is pleased to release the revised Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
Thank you to all individuals who responded to the peer review surveys in 2014-2015, with more than 1,000 comments. After careful review and consideration of all comments received, the CAA voted at its February 2016 meeting to approve the revisions to the Standards. The CAA conducted a peer review in Summer 2017 for proposed changes to Standard 1.8 on non-discrimination, for which changes were approved in July 2017. All changes went into effect August 1, 2017. The CAA published an implementation schedule for when programs must submit annual reports and applications under the 2017 standards.