Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders

West Chester University

Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA  19383
Phone:  610.436.2115
Fax:  610.436.3388
cgunter@wcupa.edu


Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA)

ASHA requires each student to demonstrate that he or she has acquired a specific set of knowledge and skills standards through participation in his or her graduate program. Each student's acquisition of these standards is documented on the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form. A copy of the form is available here

A description of the contents of the KASA form and of the process for evaluating the acquisition of standards is provided on pages 1 and 2 of the form. One copy of the form will be validated for each student by his or her Advisor as the student progresses through the program. Below is an overview of the process

  1. Tracking of KASA Knowledge Standards will proceed as follows:
    • At the end of each semester, each academic course instructor will send a KASA Knowledge Summary List to each faculty advisor. Each instructor's list will indicate the status of each student with respect to each KASA knowledge standard addressed in that instructor's course.
    • The advisor will then transfer information from each KASA Summary List to the Department's copy of each advisee's KASA form and sign his or her initials to validate the entries.

  2. Tracking of KASA Skills Standards will proceed as follows:
    • At the end of each semester, each clinical supervisor will send a KASA Skills Summary List for each of his/her clinic students to the Clinic Director.
    • The Clinic Director will then distribute the KASA Skills Summary Lists to the appropriate faculty advisors.
    • The advisor will then transfer information from each KASA Summary List to the Department's copy of each advisee's KASA form and sign his or her initials to validate the entries.

  3. Student access to their KASA status
    • All students are provided with a blank copy of the KASA form when they enter the program (e.g., MA Handbook; MA Advisement site)
    • At each semester’s end, each instructor will inform his/her students of their status with respect to the KASA standards addressed.
    • Students will use this information to track & document the acquisition of knowledge and skills on their own copy of the KASA form.
    • Students will also receive confirmation of the status of each KASA standard on the SPSR form sent by advisors following MA review sessions in the fall and spring semesters of each year.
    • At the end of a student’s graduate program, one validated copy of the KASA form will be maintained with each student’s records, and one validated copy of the form will be provided to each student.

At the end of a student's program, his or her entire KASA form will be given to the Graduate Coordinator for Approval. This validation process is a prerequisite for graduation and for application to Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).