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To be eligible for national SAA recognition, aspiring SAA Chapters must be approved for operation at their designated university campus by the appropriate university office in accordance with university policy. The designated university must have an AuD, PhD, or AuD/PhD program and be accredited by or in developing status with the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Starting a SAA Chapter

Did you know only nationally recognized SAA Chapters can use the registered SAA name and trademarks? They are also eligible for chapter funding opportunities administered by the national SAA and its philanthropic partner, the American Academy of Audiology Foundation.

If your program is interested in starting a chapter or has a local SAA chapter that needs to complete paperwork to become nationally recognized, download the chapter application form and chapter bylaws template. Email completed documentation to A response will be received within five business days regarding the documentation.

Once national SAA recognition has been granted, SAA Chapters will be asked to review and sign the national SAA Agreement. Agreements are reviewed on a biennial basis as part of the annual national SAA Chapter Renewal process.

Not sure if your SAA Chapter is nationally recognized? View the list of nationally recognized SAA Chapters.

National SAA Chapter Development Blueprint

Check out the SAA Chapter Development Blueprint. The blueprint contains all the basics of what you need to know to start a SAA chapter, contains tips on chapter member engagement, chapter statistics, and more!

FAQs for Local SAA Chapters

The SAA Chapter Needs Assessment was distributed to all SAA chapters by members from the national SAA Chapter Relations Committee on September 2, 2020, with a response deadline of October 9, 2020. Out of the 79 chapters the assessment was sent to, there was a total of 67 responses (85% response rate). This infographic highlights select questions and responses! 

Chapter Needs Assessment
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