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Jon Ashby

Dr. Jon Ashby

ACU speech pathology grad program receives national accreditation

For immediate release
April 29, 2003

Abilene Christian University’s graduate program in communication sciences and disorders received national accreditation Friday.

The Council for Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology announced Friday that ACU’s graduate program had received accreditation.

Students who graduate from a nationally 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, said Dr. Jon Ashby, director of the Communication Disorders Division.

ACU’s communication sciences and disorders program is a division of the Department of Communication. The graduate program in speech-language pathology applied for candidacy status for national accreditation in 1999. The final accreditation activity was a site visit Oct. 14-15, 2002, and the vote on accreditation took place Friday, April 25.

The undergraduate program in speech-language pathology at ACU began in 1958, and a graduate program in speech-language pathology was active from 1974-94. During those twenty years, 57 graduate degrees were awarded, and all but two of the graduates were subsequently certified as Speech-Language Pathologists.

Since applying for accreditation candidacy in 1999, 34 students have received graduate degrees in speech-language pathology at ACU, and 20 are currently enrolled in the program.

Currently, the Speech and Hearing Clinic on ACU’s campus enrolls more than 90 patients each semester, where undergraduate 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 provider of such services in West Texas.


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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