Council for Accreditation of Canadian University
Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Purposes and Principles of the Council

CACUP-ASLP was formed:

• To establish explicit minimum national standards for education in CSD (communication sciences and disorders), and distribute them to relevant stakeholders.

• To evaluate individual university programs relative to the minimum standards.

• To use the educational standards and the evaluation process to support the growth and development of Canadian academic programs in CSD and in so doing, support the growth and development of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology in Canada.

• To assure professional associations and regulatory bodies that accredited Canadian programs have provided the academic entry level preparation required for initial practice in audiology or speech-language pathology.

• To identify to the public, programs that meet the accreditation standards.

Our accreditation process is based upon the following eight principles:

1. There is a core minimum knowledge base and skill set that is required for practice as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist.

2. The standards that define these minimum requirements should be established, and applied, nationally.

3. The process of program evaluation produces relevant, useful input to programs to stimulate their continuous self-improvement.

4. The autonomy of individual programs and universities is respected with regard to how the minimum requirements are met. Differences among academic programs are expected, and responsible innovation is encouraged.

5. Review teams should consist primarily of individuals with expertise in the education of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Reviewers must receive thorough orientation and training in accreditation policies and procedures.

6. Reviews of individual programs are conducted at arms length from the program under review.
The evaluation process is conducted in a fair-minded, transparent manner and en­sures utmost confidentiality of material reviewed.

7. The process is conducted as efficiently as possible, to minimize costs and duplication of work and effort for the accrediting body and the applicant program.

8. The accreditation system itself requires ongoing evaluation.