STANDARDS COUNCIL REPORT

Jerry Carney, Ph.D.

University of Tennessee

As you know, the Executive Board of CAPCSD has requested that the Standards Council of ASHA allow them to send an observer to our meetings. This request was approved by the Standards Council and Chuck Speaks will be the observer at the Speech-Language Pathology Subcommittee meeting in May and Ro Scudder will be the CAPSCD observer for our the July meeting of the full Standards Council. As chair of the subcommittee, I welcome both Chuck and Ro and thank them, in advance, for their anticipated contributions.

In speech-language pathology, we are currently working on two major projects and plan to have them completed by the end of the year 2000 when the Standards Council will cease to exist and our responsibilities for setting standards for the Professional Services Board and the Clinical Certification Board will be assigned to those two Boards, respectively. I want to emphasize Rick Talbottís comment earlier today, that ASHA will still be involved in setting standards for the CCCs, for the accreditation of academic programs and for the accreditation of clinical service delivery programs; what will change is the basic structure of the standards programs.

REVISE THE STANDARDS FOR THE CCC-SLP

The first major project is the revision of the Standards for the CCC-SLP. The schedule for the revision is presented in Table I.

TABLE I. SCHEDULE FOR REVISION OF

CCC-SLP STANDARDS

 

DATE

ACTIVITY

 

MAY 14-16

REVIEW DOCUMENTS

DEVELOP GENERAL PRINCIPLES

JULY 21-23

COMPLETE REVIEW OF MATERIALS

WRITE STANDARDS

SEPT 29 - OCT 3

FINAL REVISION OF STANDARDS

PREPARE DRAFT FOR COMMENT

NOVEMBER 15-16

SUBMIT REVISED STANDARDS FOR MEMBER COMMENT

 

As you can see, we have a pretty tight schedule and since we will be seeking additional input from you as we progress, I urge you to continue to participate in the revision of the standards.

Allow me to take a few minutes and share with you information from the Standards Validation Study that I presented yesterday to some of you. The response rates for the questionnaire are listed in Table II.

TABLE II. RESPONSE RATES

 

 

GROUP

NUMBER

NUMBER RETURNED

PERCENT RETURNED

EDUCATORS

440

160

36%

PRACTITIONERS

3,000

1,013

34%

CLINICAL FELLOW SUPERVISORS

1,000

153

15%

CLINIC DIRECTORS

750

176

23%

 

We mailed 440 questionnaires to 220 academic programs. Recall that you received two questionnaires, one for you and one for the director of your clinic. The return rate for educators was 36% which was the highest for all groups! Your return rate was remarkable since, as you recall, you had to complete both the Clinical Activities and the Knowledge Areas while the other groups, practitioners, clinical fellow supervisors and clinic directors completed either the Clinical Activities or the Knowledge Areas questionnaire. We appreciate your help and I hope you will continue to be a proactive part of the standards setting process.

DEVELOP THE STANDARDS FOR THE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (SLP) ASSISTANTS

We are also progressing on the development of the standards for the SLP Assistants. A survey called the job analysis study, similar to the knowledge and activities of the standardís validation study will be sent to 3,000 speech-language pathologists distributed among all states. Educators will not be included in this study since there are only 12 programs at this time. It should be completed by July, 1999. The committee, chaired by Tommie Robinson will then begin to write the standards. As previously indicated, we will complete the process by the end of next year.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

We continue to work with the Council on Academic Accreditation, Professional Services Board and the Clinical Services Board as we complete these major tasks. If any of you have any questions about any of these activities, please see me after the meeting or send me an e-mail message and I will try and respond to your request.

Finally, I bring to the Board of the Council of Academic Programs an invitation from Alex Johnson, Chair of the Standards Council and the other members of the Executive Committee, Arlene Carney and me, to meet and discuss any issues of concern about the standards. While there are no issues on the table now, we are open and willing to hear any concerns of the Council about any of the current standards. We want to open the lines of communication and increase the influence of the Council of Academic Programs through early input into the standardsí setting process. I am sure that the Council on Academic Accreditation, Clinical Certification Board and the Professional Services Board also agree with the current Standards Council and welcome your input and support.

We look forward to a meaningful dialogue with you about any aspect of the current standards. We believe that open communication is a spirit of cooperation will result in the best possible outcomes for ASHA, the discipline, the professions, and the Council of Academic Programs. We are ready and willing to listen and dialogue in an open environment of cooperation. Together, we can make it work! Thank you.