The Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CACUP-ASLP) is a joint initiative of three partner groups: Canadian Council of University Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CCUP-CSD), Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), and the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR). The three groups are responsible for setting the policies, procedures, and standards for CACUP-ASLP, using a broad consultation process. Each partner group is represented on the Accreditation Secretariat, a body responsible for overseeing administration of the CACUP-ASLP on an ongoing basis and implementation of the accreditation reviews annually.
Accreditation reviews of individual university programs are coordinated by an Accreditation Board. The Accreditation Board is responsible for accreditation decisions. It is formed by the Accreditation Secretariat and comprised of five members as follows:
• The Head of a Canadian university program in communication sciences and disorders who is a voting member of CCUP-CSD;
• An academic faculty member from one of the Canadian CSD programs who represents the discipline of either speech-language pathology or audiology;
• A clinical educator from one of the Canadian CSD programs who is either an academic coordinator of clinical education or a clinical educator familiar with the university's academic environment and represents the discipline of either speech-language pathology or audiology;
• A member of the CASLPA Standards Advisory Committee who represents the professional associations and who is either an audiologist or a speech-language pathologist;
• A member from the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators of who is an audiologist or a speech-language pathologist.
The Accreditation Board makes decisions about accreditation on the basis of the self-study material submitted by the program being reviewed, a report and recommendation of a site-review team, and the program's response to the site-reviewers' report. Site reviewers are selected for each review by the Accreditation Board and must be approved by the program under review.
Appeals of accreditation decisions are heard by an ad hoc Appeals Committee appointed by the Secretariat. The Appeals Committee consists of the following three members:
• A representative of the CCUP-CSD
• A representative of the CASLPA Executive
• A representative of the CAASPR
All administrative activities of the Secretariat and the Accreditation Board are supported by a contracted administrative services provider.
The governance structure of CACUP-ASLP is shown in this diagram.