New Accreditation Standards Take Effect in 2017 New accreditation standards for graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology take effect Aug. 1, 2017. The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) approved the standards in February after revising the proposed standards in response to comments from academic programs and ASHA members. Key changes ... ASHA News
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New Accreditation Standards Take Effect in 2017
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ASHA News   |   June 01, 2016
New Accreditation Standards Take Effect in 2017
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.21062016.61
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.21062016.61
New accreditation standards for graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology take effect Aug. 1, 2017.
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) approved the standards in February after revising the proposed standards in response to comments from academic programs and ASHA members. Key changes include:
  • In a new format, each standard includes the “must” outcome, interpretations or explanation of the standard (“requirement for review”), and suggestions on how to document compliance (“documentation guidance”).

  • Each standard is divided into discrete elements for clarification and to help programs and the CAA better distinguish compliance levels.

  • A new section details professional practice competencies (Standards 3.1.1A and 3.1.1B), including interprofessional education/practice and supervision of support personnel.

  • A glossary defines key terms.

The approved standards do not change references to a specific number of months required for clinical education experiences in audiology or a specific number of hours for clinical practicum for speech-language pathology.
The final version of the standards, along with a side-by-side comparison reflecting a description of the changes, is available online.
For more information, contact accreditation@asha.org.
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