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:
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:
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.
The CAA conducted its last comprehensive review of accreditation standards during 2014–2016, including opportunities for peer review in 2014–2015, which yielded 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 implemented revised Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology on August 1, 2017.
When warranted, the CAA conducts interim or focused reviews of standards between formal comprehensive reviews. Since approving the August 2017 standards, the CAA approved changes with implementation date noted to targeted standards after a peer review was conducted. Details of the changes are reflected in side-by-side documents.