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ACU communication disorders graduate program notice of public meeting for accreditation

For immediate release
Oct. 7, 2002

The communication sciences and disorders graduate program at Abilene Christian University is in the process of national accreditation, including a site visit from the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Oct. 14-15.

Anyone wishing to provide input about the accreditation of the program may attend and provide comments at a public meeting Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Room 117 of the Don Morris Center on ACU's campus. Accreditation requirements and procedures for complaints against graduate education programs may be found at

The program was placed on "candidacy" status for national accreditation and enrolled its first class in 1999. Since that time, 23 students have graduated and 20 are currently in the program. Each fall 10 new students will be accepted into the two-year, full-time program.

The site visit will be the final accreditation activity, said Dr. Jon Ashby, director of the program and professor of communication. Students who graduate from an accredited program will be able to submit their credentials for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and for the license to practice in the state of Texas.

Currently, the Speech and Hearing Clinic on ACU's campus enrolls more than 90 patients each semester, where students participate in their evaluation and treatment, and the Voice Institute of West Texas evaluates approximately 400 patients each year from all over Texas. The development of the graduate program is expected to increase the number of people served by these clinics, Ashby said. ACU is already one of the largest providers of such services in West Texas.

ACU has been granting degrees in undergraduate speech-language pathology for 44 years. A graduate program in speech-language pathology existed at ACU from 1974-94 and produced 57 graduates, 55 of whom were subsequently certified as speech language pathologists.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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