Public Notice of Accreditation Status

Program Status Change

The residential Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at West Texas A&M University has been placed on probation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.

What is the program's status with the CAA?

The program is currently on probation but remains an accredited program.

Why is the program on probation?

As of February 2022, the program was not in full compliance with accreditation standard 2.3. Accreditation standard 2.3 states that “All faculty members (full-time, part-time, adjuncts), including all individuals providing clinical education, are qualified and competent by virtue of their education, experience, and professional credentials to provide academic and clinical education as assigned by program leadership” (Council on Academic Accreditation, 2020, p. 8).

Specifically, “…the program must demonstrate that the majority of academic content is taught by doctoral faculty who hold the appropriate terminal academic degree (PhD, EdD)” (Council on Academic Accreditation, 2020, p. 8).

What is the program's plan?

The program filed a plan of action with the CAA on or before April 19, 2022. This plan of action outlines how the current faculty includes two terminally degreed professors and how the program will provide the depth and breadth of instruction requested by the CAA to meet standard 2.3, within one year.

Additional questions? Contact the WTAMU Communication Disorders Department at (806) 651- 5101 or the CAA through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at (800) 498-2071.


Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. (2020). Standards for accreditation of graduate education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology (2017). Retrieved April 6, 2022 from


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