Statement from CACREP to Institutional Liaisons Dated 3-13-20

CACREP continues to monitor institutional responses to the threats of Covid-19 and the
growing decision to move instruction online. CACREP reiterates that it is the prerogative of
programs to provide accommodations for their students under extenuating circumstances and
in light of the directives from their respective institutions.
Programs should know that:
  • It is a continued expectation that programs will meet the CACREP standards
  • It is acceptable to move to fully online teaching on a temporary basis during this health crisis.
    Programs are advised to attend to the following two guidelines from the U.S. Education
  • This flexibility applies only with respect to students who were in attendance when the

    interruption occurred, and the flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to

    licensure if the relevant body will not accept distance education for purposes of licensure

  • Institutions are not required to use “sophisticated learning management systems or online

    platforms” for Title IV purposes. Nevertheless, to meet ED’s distance-education definition, the

    institution must communicate with students through certain technologies and instructors must

    initiate substantive communications with students, either individually or collectively, on a

    regular basis.
  • At this time, CACREP does not have a formal stance in regard to the evolving issues around

    supervised clinical hours. It is important that the solutions developed adequately address

    education, licensure, and employment considerations for the counseling students.
Please send to your designated CACREP staff liaison or to the
accommodations and modifications that are being put in place for your program. This will
allow CACREP to monitor any potential impact to the Counseling program and/or challenges to
the program’s ability to be in full compliance with the CACREP standards. This information will
be invaluable to any steps CACREP may need to take to support programs during this health


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