The Legal Status of the CAA?

What is the The Legal Status of the ASHA CAA?

ASHA attorneys should publish to the membership a position paper on the legal foundations for The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Window looking out.

Window looking out.

The CAA claims to be “autonomous” though it receives staff and financial support from ASHA members.

The CAA claims to be “autonomous” though the Bylaws say it is authorized and sustained by the ASHA Board of Directors.

The CAA claims to be “autonomous” though the Bylaws (8.2) do not confirm such claims:

“…The Association, by action of the Board of Directors, shall establish and maintain a program of academic accreditation. The Association shall establish the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), which shall define the standards for the accreditation of graduate education programs and apply those standards in the accreditation of such programs.”

CAA accountability to the membership is diminished by ambiguous claims of autonomy, complicating roles and responsibilities.

Even members of the Board of Directors speak of “collaborating” with CAA when no collaboration is necessary. BOD must assert its legal authority to have critical issues addressed, particularly, curriculum development for school speech-language pathology.

Deference to CAA goes back to the days of Director Kenneth Johnson who ran ASHA as a fiefdom on behalf of the founders.

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