CAA Receives Federal Recognition for 5 Years The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) recently received the maximum five-year renewal of recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. The renewal reaffirms that the CAA, a semiautonomous body within ASHA, operates in compliance with the Higher Education Act and accepted best practices within the ... ASHA News
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CAA Receives Federal Recognition for 5 Years
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ASHA News   |   June 01, 2016
CAA Receives Federal Recognition for 5 Years
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN7.21062016.62
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN7.21062016.62
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) recently received the maximum five-year renewal of recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.
The renewal reaffirms that the CAA, a semiautonomous body within ASHA, operates in compliance with the Higher Education Act and accepted best practices within the accrediting community.
The CAA is the only accrediting body for programs in audiology and speech-language pathology that is recognized by both the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
As of February 2016, 248 master’s programs in speech-language pathology and 73 clinical doctoral programs in audiology were CAA-accredited. Another 20 new programs—two in audiology and 18 in speech-language pathology—held candidate (or pre-accreditation) status.
“Through the CAA’s work, we continue to help ensure that academic programs graduate students who are fully prepared to provide effective professional services as audiologists and speech-language pathologists,” says Jaynee A. Handelsman, ASHA president.
The Education Department’s recognition process provides CAA with an opportunity for self-evaluation of the accreditation program and processes, according to Mikael D. Z. Kimelman, CAA chair. “An important part of our self-study comes from peer review and dialogue with stakeholders in the higher education community,” he explains. “Our accreditation program is strengthened by the Department of Education’s rigorous review process, which makes it valuable to us and the programs we serve.”
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