Programs must notify the CAA of changes in administrative structure as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the change. Changes in administrative structure would include a move to another college or school or a shift from program to department level. Failure to notify the CAA Accreditation Office within the time lines may jeopardize the program's accreditation status.
At the time of notification, the CAA requires the program to provide the effective date of the change, an updated organizational chart, and a description of the effect on the program’s continued compliance with CAA’s standard related to program authority and autonomy (1.4). CAA’s review of this information is intended to provide guidance on steps to be taken by the program to remain in compliance with accreditation standards and for reporting changes in the program’s next CAA report.
Please address the following questions as they relate to the new structure in which the program is housed, and indicate any elements that are not yet finalized. The program will need to provide updates about the changes in administrative structure and address those remaining elements in its next report to the CAA (annual report or re-accreditation application).
CAA File #:
Professional Area Programs Affected by Change:
Effective Date of Change:
Standard 1.4 The program’s faculty has authority and responsibility for the program.
The institution must indicate by its administrative structure that the program's faculty is recognized as a body that can initiate, implement, and evaluate decisions affecting all aspects of the professional education program, including the curriculum. The program's faculty has reasonable access to higher levels of administration. The program must describe how substantive decisions regarding the academic and clinical programs are initiated, developed, and implemented by the program faculty. Programs without independent departmental status must be particularly clear in describing these aspects of the organizational structure. Please provide an organizational chart reflecting the new structure or describe the new organizational structure indicating:
where the program is administratively housed (e.g., College of Allied Health, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders),
if the program has independent departmental status, and
Describe the reason for the change in administrative structure. Program Response:
Describe the impact (positive and/or negative) of this change in administrative structure to the accredited graduate program. Program Response:
Describe the process and timeline for implementing this change. Program Response:
Describe how program faculty and instructional staff have authority and responsibility to initiate, implement and evaluate substantive decisions affecting all aspects of the professional education program, including the curriculum. Program Response:
Describe how the program director and faculty have access to higher levels of administration . Program Response:
Please respond to the following questions only if the program is provided via distance education and/or a satellite or branch campus.
Explain how the administrative components of the distance education program are integrated with those of the residential program in the new administrative structure. Program Response:
Explain how the administrative components of the satellite component are integrated with those of the residential program in the new administrative structure. Program Response: