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May 1, 2012
The Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) received recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) on May 1, 2012.  The CHEA Board of Directors voted to recognize ACAE as an accrediting body for doctoral programs in Audiology.  A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
ACAE is an independent, non-profit accreditation body created in 2003 to accredit professional doctoral programs in Audiology (Au.D. degree).  ACAE has designed a unique accreditation program that is exemplary in promoting higher standards through a rigorous system of web-based self-study.  The mission of ACAE is to assure the public that only those programs that have complied with this agency's standards and that graduate competent audiologists trained at the Au.D. level will be accredited.  The purpose of ACAE accreditation is to recognize, reinforce and promote high quality performance in Au.D. educational programs through a rigorous verification process.  This process will produce evidence that Au.D. programs have prepared graduates who are qualified to be doctoral-level audiologists.  It also will assure communities of interest that graduates will be able to function according to the national scope of practice, as defined by the professional organization.

ACAE currently has accredited four programs and there are four additional ones in the pipeline at this time.

Deep Appreciation:
The ACAE Board of Directors extends its many thanks to Angela Loavenbruck for the major donation that she provided to ACAE during 2011. Dr. Loavenbruck was the first Chair of ACAE and is currently a board member.

The ACAE Board of Directors extends its many thanks to the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) for the generous grant that it received in Decembr 2011.

ACAE Corner in Audiology Today:

There have been three articles in the ACAE Corner of Audiology Today since November 2011. The first was by Gerald Church, Ph.D., Central Michigan University, the second was by Maureen Valente, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, and the third was by Martha Mundy, Au.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Look for the fourth article in this series in the May/June 2012 issue by Erica Friedland, Au.D., Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. All of the articles emphasize accreditation, audiology education or higher education. Over the course of the summer, we hope to continue with articles from faculty/students of ACAE accredited programs, ACAE board members and/or other stakeholders. Be sure to look for these upcoming issues!

At its meeting in December 2010, The ACAE Board of Directors voted to accredit two academic programs in audiology:

* The Program in Audiology, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

* The Department of Audiology, College of Allied Health and Nursing, Health Professions Division, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Click to read the Audiology Today interview.

Republished with permission from the American Academy of Audiology.



The ACAE is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $15,000 grant from the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF) to promote accreditation activities in audiology, specifically program development.

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