The CAA accepts applications for the site visitor pool each year, typically from early October to December 15. Site visitors serve as part of the corps of volunteers who travel to university campuses to conduct accreditation reviews on behalf of the CAA for graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Four-year terms start July 1 and are renewable.
The CAA identified three site visitor categories and distinct qualifications to ensure representation across the many perspectives of graduate education:
If selected, all site visitor trainees must continue to meet selection qualifications when the site visitor term begins July 1. Individuals selected to serve as site visitors who have any changes in their employment setting that may affect their ability to meet qualifications for service (i.e., move from a university academic position to a practice setting and vice versa) or who retire from their positions must inform Accreditation staff as soon as possible. (See Maintaining Qualifications in Chapter VII. Site Visitors of the Accreditation Handbook [PDF] for more information.)
If you meet the qualifications for any of the site visitor categories and are interested in promoting quality academic programs, please submit an application to become a CAA site visitor. Applications are accepted online annually.
Site visitors are chosen by a committee of the CAA and voted on by the entire CAA during their February meeting. Notifications are made in March to all applicants whether or not they were selected to participate in the site visitor training. If selected, the CAA asks you to accept the appointment and verify your availability for the training dates. Individuals must successfully complete the initial training workshop to be considered part of the CAA Site Visitor Pool.
For in-depth information, please refer to Chapter VII: Site Visitors in the Accreditation Handbook. Please contact Accreditation staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.