Governance Structure

The Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CACUP-ASLP) is a joint initiative of three partner groups:

  • The university programs - Canadian Council of University Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CCUP-CSD)
  • The professions - Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)
  • The regulators - National Regulatory Panel (NRP)

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 and the Accreditation Board by one or more elected representatives.  

The Accreditation Secretariat, in consultation with its constituencies, is responsible for overseeing the work of CACUP-ASLP as a whole.  The Accreditation Board conducts reviews of individual programs and is responsible for making accreditation decisions.  An essential element of the review process is an on-site visit to the program under review, which is undertaken by a team of reviewers.  Site-visit teams include at least one member who is a tenured faculty member and at least one member whose primary role is within clinical practice.  

For more information on the governance and administration of CACUP-ASLP, please see our Governance Manual.