Joan Besing Elected to Council on Academic Accreditation

Joan Besing, professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and program director for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Montclair State University has been elected to serve on the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her term will be January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014.

“We are very pleased and proud of Joan Besing’s election to this important position,” says Janet Koehnke, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “The CAA plays a critical role in ensuring that the standards in audiology and speech-language pathology education are upheld nationally and I can think of no one better suited to serving on the board than Joan.”

The CAA is the only accrediting agency for audiology and speech-language pathology education programs recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. According to ASHA, the purpose of the CAA is to:

  • Formulate standards for the accreditation of graduate education programs that provide entry-level professional preparation in audiology and/or speech-language pathology
  • Evaluate programs that apply for accreditation
  • Grant certificates to those programs who fulfill requirements for accreditation
  • Maintain a registry of holders of these certificates
  • Prepare and furnish lists of the accredited programs

The CAA has eighteen members and Besing will be one of the four academic audiology members serving on the board.