School of Audiology - Accreditation FAQs

Program Accreditation Status

The doctoral AuD program in audiology at Pacific University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.


University Accreditation Status

Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). For more information on the University’s accreditation, see For more information on the NWCCU, see


Accreditation FAQs

What is CAA candidacy accreditation?

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) provides the opportunity for new programs seeking accreditation status to participate in its candidacy, or pre-accreditation, program. Initiated in 1991 and last revised in 2007, the CAA's current "stepwise" candidacy model allows new programs to come into compliance with the CAA Standards for Accreditation in a logical sequence while being closely monitored by the CAA. Once candidacy status has been awarded, the program must submit annual progress reports to demonstrate continued and progressive compliance with standards, including appropriate supporting documentation. Programs with candidacy accreditation may enroll and graduate students.


(2) How can I get more information about the CAA and its accreditation standards?

More information on the CAA and its accreditation standards may be obtained by doing one of the following:


(3) Why did Pacific University chose CAA accreditation instead of ACAE accreditation?
Oregon Administrative Rules for audiology (and speech-language pathology) licensure stipulate: The State of Oregon stipulates that: “(4) For the purposes of licensing speech-language pathologists under ORS 681.260 or audiologists under ORS 681.264, and for purposes of student placement in supervised field work under ORS 681.230: (a) the “accrediting organization” that approves graduate programs is the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.”  (See Further, the State of Oregon requires that a degree, in order to be valid for public or licensed employment in Oregon, must be earned at an institution accredited by an U.S. accreditor recognized as such by the U.S. Department of Education ( The Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) is not currently recognized by the State of Oregon. The ACAE’s status may change in the future, but, at this time, only the CAA is recognized.

What is the procedure for submitting a complaint to the CAA about a program?

Per the CAA requirements, a complaint about any accredited program or program in candidacy status may be submitted to the CAA by any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public. Complaints must:

Further, complaints must:

For more information, visit CAA complaint procedure.