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Staff Report
to the
Senior Department Official
on
Recognition Compliance Issues

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1.
Agency:   American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1967/2012)
                  (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
 
2.
Action Item:   Petition for Continued Recognition
 
3.
Current Scope of Recognition:   The accreditation and preaccreditation (Accreditation Candidate) throughout the United States of education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master’s or doctoral level, and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education.
 
4.
Requested Scope of Recognition:   Same as above
 
5.
Date of Advisory Committee Meeting:   December, 2015
 
6.
Staff Recommendation:   Renew the agency's recognition for five years
 
7.
Issues or Problems:   None


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 
 

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY

 
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is a national accrediting agency of graduate education programs in audiology or speech-language pathology. The CAA currently accredits or preaccredits 319 programs (247 in speech-language pathology and 72 in audiology) in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
 
 
Recognition History
 
The U.S. Commissioner of Education first recognized the American Speech Language and Hearing Association's (ASHA’s) Educational Standards Board (Board) in 1967. Since that time, the Secretary of Education has periodically reviewed the Board's successor, the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), and granted continued recognition. The last full review of the agency took place at the June 2008 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). Both the Department and the NACIQI recommended that the agency's recognition be renewed for a period of five years. The Secretary had not made a final decision prior to passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which contained a number of provisions related to accrediting agency recognition that were effective upon enactment. Subsequently, new regulations were developed, effective July 1, 2010. As a consequence, the agency was required to submit an updated petition for review by staff and NACIQI.

The updated petition was reviewed at the NACIQI's December 2010 meeting. The NACIQI and Department staff each recommended to continue the agency's recognition and require that the agency submit a compliance report within 12 months demonstrating the agency's compliance with the issues identified in the staff report and subsequently in the Assistant Secretary's February 2011 letter. At the NACIQI June 2012 meeting the agency's compliance report was accepted and the NACIQI recommended to renew the agency's recognition for a period of four years.

The agency's petition for renewal of its recognition is the subject of this report. The Department received no complaints this recognition cycle regarding this agncy's accreditation activities








PART II: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

 
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition.
 
 

PART III: THIRD PARTY COMMENTS

 
The Department did not receive any written third-party comments regarding this agency.