Academic institutions that currently have ongoing, established AuD programs may apply under this category for accreditation. These are formal audiology programs that have graduated at least one cohort of students and may have received an accreditation status from another agency. These audiology programs are usually located within a college or school of a university that has been regionally or nationally accredited.
This page outlines the following steps from section 5 and section 7 of the ACAE Accreditation Manual and the ACAE Accreditation Standards for programs seeking Accreditation Status.
- Eligibility for Established AuD Programs Seeking Accreditation
- Requirements for Established AuD Programs Seeking Accreditation
- Initial Accreditation Fees
- Online Accreditation Platform
- Primary Application and Profiles
- Site Visit
- ACAE Standards Compliance Categories
- Program Accreditation Review Committee
- ACAE Board Decision
- Accreditation Decision Categories
- Have Questions? Contact Us
Eligibility for Established AuD Programs Seeking Accreditation
For an AuD program to be eligible for accreditation by the ACAE, a university department, school or college of audiology must:
- Demonstrate the feasibility of an AuD degree program in terms of demographics, public need, student interest, and availability of clinical facilities;
- Be part of a nonprofit institution that is devoted primarily to education and regionally accredited or nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE);
- Be legally authorized by the appropriate authorizing agency in the state in which the program is located to confer the AuD degree upon graduates in recognition of their successful completion of study in Audiology; and
- Have appointed a Program Director qualified as specified in ACAE’s Accreditation Standards (Standard # 6) responsible for the administration of the AuD degree program.
ACAE will not grant Accreditation Status to a program if the program’s host institution is subject to:
- A pending or final action by a state agency to suspend, revoke, withdraw, or terminate the institution’s legal authority to provide post-secondary education;
- A pending or final action brought by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to suspend, revoke, withdraw, or terminate the institution’s accreditation or pre-accreditation; or
- A pending or final action brought by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to place the institution on probation or an equivalent status unless there is good cause, consistent with ACAE’s Standards, to grant accreditation.
Requirements for Established AuD Programs Seeking Accreditation
- Submit an online expression of interest form here.
- Submit a letter of intent signed by the appropriate institutional administrator overseeing the audiology program and the program director through a document upload in the expression of interest form. The letter of intent should be brief but must include the following: a declaration of intent of the institution to seek ACAE accreditation.
- Completion of online application and self-study components (as described below).
- Fees – See Fee Schedule for program Accreditation Status below.
Initial Accreditation Fees
Accreditation fees include a non-refundable deposit, application fee, and site visit fee.
| Non-Refundable Deposit
Submitted with Letter of Intent
| Application Fee
This fee is due prior to the initiation of the online application and self-study
| Site Visit
Due prior to the site visit
Online Accreditation Platform
ACAE uses Zengine, a web-based accreditation platform, for all stages of the accreditation process. Programs access the “submission portal” to complete application forms, profiles, evaluate compliance with ACAE standards and upload supporting documents. The Evaluation Team uses the “review portal” to view each program’s submittal and evaluate compliance with ACAE standards. The Evaluation Team’s report is moved back to the “submittal portal” for the Program’s review and response. A platform user guide is available to programs and evaluators throughout the process.
Primary Application and Profiles
The program will enter data (e.g., demographic, applicant, student, graduate, clinical instruction, resources, faculty), as well as complete profiles for each faculty, clinical educator, clinical site, committee and course in the curriculum.
The self-study is a key component in the ACAE accreditation process and involves the stakeholders of the audiology program in “looking at itself” for the purpose of self-improvement and long-term planning. It engages members of the community in a critical review of the program's mission, goals and objectives; considers the impact of societal and economic changes affecting the program; and identifies programmatic strengths and weaknesses in the achievement of intended outcomes. This is accomplished primarily through evaluating how the program measures itself in compliance with the ACAE Standards.
Moreover, the self-study report orients the evaluation team to the program. The self-study describes the audiology program’s mission, goals, objectives, and the extent to which they are being met; resources; its constituencies; its physical plant; and other factors. The self-study should enable the evaluation team to obtain a deep understanding of the program and should provide the site team substantial knowledge of the program’s faculty, administrators, students, financial integrity, and the intricacies of its governance.
The ACAE Site Evaluation Team reviews the information contained in the self-study and verifies that the information provided in the self-study is accurate. The team’s responsibility is to study the information provided by the education program and the requirements for accreditation. Afterwards, they are to carry out an objective and impartial assessment of the quality of the AuD program seeking initial or continuing accreditation. Prior to the selection of the Site Evaluation Team for a specific institution, the Program Director is provided with a list of potential evaluators from the ACAE Team pool. The Program Director has the option to strike the names of up to two individuals who are perceived to have a conflict of interest with the program.
The selected team will be composed of three members from the pool, representing both academic and clinical interests. Members of the Board of Directors and ACAE staff may serve in the ACAE Evaluation Team pool. A Team Chair is designated by the ACAE and serves as the official spokesperson for the team during the evaluation process.
The ACAE Site Evaluation is divided into two parts:
Site Visit Report
During the site visit, the team begins to write a report of its findings. On the final morning of the site visit, highlights of the report, including program strengths and areas of concern, are reviewed with the Program Director and then shared with members of the administration and faculty in a final conference. The completed report is submitted to the ACAE office within a few days and made available to the program for review.
ACAE Standards Compliance Categories
Each of the forty ACAE Standards is awarded an overall qualitative status by the ACAE. This status reflects the evidence or lack of evidence that is presented in a program’s self-study for each standard. The four qualitative status designations are outlined below:
After a fourteen-day period, in which the program has the opportunity to correct any factual errors in the report and respond to the findings and recommendations contained in the report, the ACAE office staff forwards the Site Visit Report to the Program Accreditation Review Committee.
Program Accreditation Review Committee
A committee of three members appointed by the ACAE Board of Directors makes up the Program Accreditation Review Committee. The committee reviews the program’s submittal and the visiting team’s report and presents its recommendation to the ACAE Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Additionally, the Board reviews the report and program response and then, by majority vote, decides on an accreditation status for the program.
ACAE Board Decision
The Board will review the total educational effectiveness of the program in light of the program’s specific mission and objectives to determine compliance with the ACAE Standards. Following a majority vote of the Board, the ACAE Chair and Executive Director prepare an Accreditation Status Notification letter, which is the official correspondence regarding the Board’s decision. The Board Report is sent to the chief operating officer of the institution and the Program Director within four weeks and contains comments on the program’s compliance with the ACAE Standards, its strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for program enhancement and the ACAE website is updated accordingly.
Accreditation Decision Categories
Additional Accreditation Categories
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