3. 2014. ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA)

When we search for curriculum responsibility, we reach the CAA’s doorstep:

2014: ASHA reaffirmed the 1994 principles for CURRICULUM:

“The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredits graduate 1 programs that prepare individuals to enter professional practice in audiology and/or speech-language pathology.”

“Curriculum (academic and clinical education)” is one of six essential components of “quality education.”

“The curriculum (academic and clinical education) is consistent with the mission and goals of the program and prepares students in the full breadth and depth of the scope of practice in speech-language pathology.”

Perspective

History shows CAA very protective of its prerogatives, and it has staked out curriculum.

Prerogative–“An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right.” Free Dictornary

Curriculum is interwoven with the policies and practices of approving programs by de facto authority.

Curriculum adequacy, according to the CAA, is a quality indicator.

When CAA fails to keep pace with curriculum trends, it is reducing the quality of school speech-language pathology practice.

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