Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)

Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)

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ACAE CORNER | Audiology Education in an Era of Government Oversight (Is Big Brother Watching?)

As we think about the year to come, let’s renew our focus on achieving excellence in higher education by rigorous accreditation. You have heard members of the ACAE Board and myself repeat this concept again and again, but let me reiterate on why it is important and what can happen when it is not a top priority.

Education is facing new and more intense scrutiny. Why is this happening now and why should we be concerned?

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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ACAE CORNER | It’s Time to Rethink Clinical Education in Audiology

Over the past 15 years since the doctor of audiology (AuD) degree was adopted nationally, it has become clear that many systemic problems with the externship model exist and need to be urgently addressed. For example, in the stakeholder survey conducted by ACAE in 2013–2014, students, faculty, and clinicians all reported large gaps between classroom and clinical training. The externship is too often inadequately supervised and lacking in quality and breadth of experiences. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), externships

Photo of the first cohort of audiology students in the Medical Audiology Sciences program at the American University of Beirut with Visiting Professor James W. Hall III, PhD, during an auditory electrophysiology class in January of 2016.

ACAE CORNER | Audiology Education: Innovative International Initiatives

A two-part series of ACAE Corner articles in 2015 was devoted to the topic of global audiology education. The first article provided an international overview of audiology educational models and programs in different countries and geographical regions (Hall, 2015a). 

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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ACAE CORNER | Summary of the Second Annual Clinical Education Forum at AudiologyNOW! 2017

The second annual Clinical Education Forum was held April 8, 2017, in Indianapolis during AudiologyNOW! This year, ACAE jointly collaborated with the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) in planning the program. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Clinical Education Forum, AAA Conference, clinical education

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2017

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ACAE CORNER | An Open Letter

Dear Friends,

I want to inform you about a variety of changes that will take place at ACAE at the end of the year. 

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today September/October 2017

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ACAE CORNER | A Year in Review

As 2018 winds down and we reflect on our business this year, the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) is optimistic. We are confident in the quality of doctor of audiology (AuD) educational programs and the ability of the profession to meet critical challenges for clinical education. We are hopeful about the expansion of ACAE’s reach to more AuD programs through our standards and accreditation services.

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Clinical Education Forum, Academy Leadership

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ACAE CORNER | A Career Devoted to Audiology Education: Remembering Pat Kricos

The first ACAE Corner article was published in the November/December 2011 issue of Audiology Today. As some of you may recall, the American Academy of Audiology Annual Conference that year was held in Chicago, with Richard Roberts serving as program chair.  

The inaugural ACAE Corner column, titled simply “On Accreditation,” was written by Gerald Church, then a professor in, and the director of, the doctor of audiology program at Central Michigan University.  

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), In Memoriam, Audiology Today, Mentorship

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ACAE CORNER | 2018: A Year of Transition

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge Doris Gordon, the current executive director of ACAE, who will be stepping down on December 31, 2017. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), site evaluation, clinical education, council of academic programs in communication sciences and disorders (CAPCSD)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2017

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ACAE CORNER | A Stroll Down Different Undergraduate Pathways Leading to Doctor of Audiology Programs

I received the above e-mail message while preparing the manuscript for this article. A colleague at the University of Hawaii referred this undergraduate student to me after she had initially inquired about audiology from a family medicine physician at the university. As a permanent part-time professor at the University of Hawaii (living in Maine and Florida), I teach three online prerequisite courses for academically, geographically, and culturally diverse cohorts of undergraduates interested in applying to a graduate program in audiology or speech pathology. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Students, Academia, Education

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ACAE CORNER | Infusing Evidence-Based Practice in AuD Education: Report from the 2019 Clinical Education Forum

The fourth annual Clinical Education Forum was held the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Academy’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. As has been the tradition, the Clinical Education Forum was co-sponsored by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), Education