MSU communication disorders celebrates reaccreditation
The Minot State University Department of Communication Disorders' speech-language pathology graduate program recently received reaccreditation through Feb. 29, 2020, by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
"We are pleased that the CAA recognized the strength of our program by granting us continued accreditation for the next eight years," said Leisa Harmon, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders.
CAA holds six standards as essential to quality education in the audiology and speech-language professions: administrative structure and governance, faculty, curriculum (academic and clinical education), students, assessment and program resources. CAA site visitors spent two days at MSU in February. They reviewed the program, examined the facilities and on-site Communication Disorders Clinic and interviewed faculty, staff, students, alumni, employers and consumers. MSU's master's degree program in speech-language pathology was found to be in complete compliance with all standards.
To document MSU's due diligence in continuing compliance, the communication disorders department will submit its next annual report by Feb. 1, 2013. The university's next on-site visit is scheduled in eight years.
"I am grateful to all faculty and staff who helped prepare for the CAA visit," Harmon said.
CAA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's accrediting body, is the only accrediting agency for audiology and speech-language pathology education programs recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and U.S. Department of Education. To learn more about ASHA and CAA, visit www.asha.org.
For questions about Minot State's graduate program in speech-language pathology, contact Harmon at 858-3057 or Leisa.Harmon@minotstateu.edu.