4. 2014b. ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA)

2014: ASHA reaffirmed the 1994 principles for AUTHORITY OF OPERATION

“The CAA is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Secretary of Education as the accrediting agency for the accreditation and preaccreditation (accreditation candidate) of education programs leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master’s or doctoral level and for the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education, throughout the United States.”

“The CAA was established by ASHA and is authorized to function AUTONOMOUSLY in setting and implementing standards and awarding accreditation.”

“The institution must indicate by its administrative structure that the program’s faculty is recognized as a body that can initiate, implement, and evaluate decisions affecting all aspects of the professional education program, including the curriculum. The program’s faculty has reasonable access to higher levels of administration.”

“The CAA may also develop standards and processes for approval for programs that prepare support personnel. Members of the CAA shall be appointed following policies established by the CAA, and the CAA shall have final authority to establish the standards and processes for academic accreditation. Subject to the application of established appeal procedures, the decisions of the CAA concerning the award, withholding, or withdrawal of academic accreditation shall be final.” (Bylaws)


“The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is composed of 18 members identified below, including at least 11 individuals from CAA-accredited programs, 5 clinical practitioners who are employed full-time in non-academic settings, and 1 public member.”

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The CAA draws authority from important U.S. accreting agencies. Curriculum is less important in accreditation than policy and procedure,review suggests.

The CAA expanded accreditation while achieving greater autonomy from ASHA proper.

Membership in CAA is not subject to input from the general membership. There is an element of the “smoke-filled room” in the selection process.

The drive to organize CAA came in good measure from Director Kenneth Johnson:

“Johnson focused on building the visibility and autonomy of communication disorders and the national organization, and set in place the pillars that would define the value of both: a clinical certificate based on a master’s degree; effective governance structures including the Legislative Council; a governmental relations department; ASHA Magazine; the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association; and enhancement of the science base of the discipline.”


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