Communiqué                     February 2010
      News from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
In This Issue
CAAHEP Webinars
CAAHEP Award for Exceptional Service
AMA Survey
Calendar of Events
Message from the President
CAAHEP Board Recommends Bylaws Amdendment
CAAHEP Annual Meeting
CHEA Annual Conference Report
Accreditation Actions
CAAHEP Webinars: an Added Benefit for CoAs and Programs
Beginning this month, CAAHEP will be hosting four webinars designed to provide Committees on Accreditation with the information and tools they need to successfully navigate the CAAHEP accreditation process. Topics include:

GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar:  Another Value Added Benefit of CAAHEP (2/12/2010) - an overview of this helpful tool and how CoAs can utilize its functions to con
duct accreditation business while keeping down expenses.

Innovation and Outcomes:  Evaluating Ways to Improve Survey Response Rates (2/15/2010) - offering a look at surveys and some innovative ways to increase response rates.(Program Directors welcome to attend!)

CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines:  Why, What, and How (2/26/2010) - providing an overview of the Standards template and review of the philosophy of outcomes-oriented accreditation.

Complaints, Appeals, and Lawsuits:  What EVERY CoA Needs to Know (3/2/2010) - spelling out what the key elements of the CAAHEP complaint policies are and what the CoA must do when a complaint is filed.

If you would like to attend please contact the CAAHEP office to
obtain a registration email.

CAAHEP Award for Exceptional Service
Nominations Open
The CAAHEP Award for Exceptional Service is the highest honor awarded by CAAHEP. It is reserved for those who are or have been Commissioners. It recognizes an individual who has served the Commission in word and deed, i.e., has spoken with conviction about the work of the Commission, advanced its purposes, and actively participated in the Commission's activities at a high level for a sustained period of time. The recipient is someone who is respected by other Commissioners, but is not currently a Board member.
The criteria for the award are as follows:
  • Advancing CAAHEP's mission and goals
  • Assuming leadership responsibilities within CAAHEP (e.g., chairing committees and task forces, serving as an officer, assuming responsibility for CAAHEP special programs, etc.)
  • Exhibiting notable participation in one or more CAAHEP activities and/or programs
  • Advancing ideas and/or new strategies to benefit the organization
Any Commissioner may nominate someone to be considered for this award. The nomination will be written and will address each of the criteria.

Please submit your nomination to: Kathy Megivern
no later than March 15, 2010.

Have You Completed Your AMA Survey?
The annual AMA survey of health professions education programs is now available, with participation from CAAHEP-accredited programs. This survey is collecting program data for the 2008-2009 academic year, including numbers of enrollments, attrition, and graduates by gender and race/ethnicity.

As of late January, the overall response rate by CAAHEP programs was about 20%. Please respond, if you haven't already, to ensure that your program's free listing in the AMA's annual Health Care Careers Directory is correct and up-to-date.
If you have not yet received your survey via e-mail, please contact the AMA survey hotline at or (312) 324-3140

Calendar of Events
March 2010
19th:  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting
April 2010
16th-17th: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Board of Directors Meeting - Louisville, KY
18th-19th:  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Annual Meeting -
The Seelbach Hilton
500 Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 4020
Phone:  502-585-3200
May 2010
21st:  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting
July 2010
21st-23rd: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Board of Directors Mmeeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

23rd-24th:  Committee on Accreditation Workshop,
New Orleans, Louisiana

September 2010
17th: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting

November 2010
19th:  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting

Message from the President
M. LaCheeta McPherson, PhD, MT(ASCP), CLS(NCA)

A belated Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are going "full steam ahead" for 2010. At least that is what is happening in the CAAHEP office and with the CAAHEP Board of Directors.

The year promises lots of challenges and work for CAAHEP. This year we begin the process of renewing our CHEA recognition. The task will involve writing a self-study and preparing for a site-visit in January 2011. The Board met in January to strategize this process.  The Board liaisons to the Committees on Accreditation will play a major role in assuring that CoA processes, procedures and policies are aligned with CAAHEP. Included in the plan will be one paper audit and one site visit audit on a program seeking accreditation for each CoA. The Board liaison will work with their CoA to select the programs. More on this topic will be coming forth in the months ahead.

The Board of Directors welcomed a new, albeit familiar board member in January. Dr. Susan Fuchs agreed to replace Dr. Sean Harbison for his term of office. Dr. Fuchs served two terms on the CAAHEP Board a few years back and has continued to serve CAAHEP as the Board Liaison for The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession since her departure from the board. Susan is a wonderful representative for The American Academy of Pediatrics, and we thank her for her service.

Each January, CAAHEP provides a leadership conference for CoA chairs. This year's conference was well received. The topics provided a fundamental foundation for the Committees on Accreditation and complimented our beginning phase of renewal of CHEA recognition. Topics included "CAAHEP Policy Interpretation," "What is a CAAR Report and Why is it Important," "Update on Generalist Site Visitor Training," "A Review of the CAAHEP Standards Template," and a demonstration of CAAHEP's Online Annual Report. Nancy Smith began a dialogue of "hot topics" that will be expanded into presentations for our July workshop for CoA Chairs. Dr. Susan Hatfield from Winona State University spoke about assessing general student learning outcomes. Her presentation clarified the difference between program and student outcomes.

Congratulations are extended to the Committee on the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Cardiovascular Technology. Their proposed standards changes were approved by the CAAHEP Board at the January meeting. The minor standards changes clarified the areas for adult echocardiography technology and pediatric echocardiography technology within their profession.

Lastly, CAAHEP is working diligently in preparing Webinars on topics timely for both CoA's and Program Directors. A series of four will debut throughout February and early March. If you have ideas for topics and speakers, please contact the CAAHEP office.

I hope to see many of you in April at our annual meeting. This year the meeting is in Louisville. The agenda and registration information was sent in early February. For additional details on the annual meeting, refer to the CAAHEP website.
CAAHEP Board Recommends Bylaws Amendment

At the 2010 CAAHEP Annual Meeting, the Commission will review and contemplate a change to the CAAHEP Bylaws. At its January 2010 meeting, the Board of Directors recommended the following change noted in italics and removed wording in brackets:

Article VI - COMMISSION: Section 11. Quorum. A majority of Commissioners registered at a meeting - including at least one Commissioner [from each] representing an  Educational Institution Member group, one Commissioner representing a Sponsoring Organization, and one Commissioner representing a Committee on Accreditation - shall constitute a quorum.

The rationale for this change is that it has become increasingly difficult to meet the current quorum requirement at Annual Meetings. A survey of Commissioners who were unable to attend last year's annual meeting was conducted to find out why they were not in attendance. The overwhelming reason was not due to the content or interest in the program, but conflicts with other meetings. The Board has recommended this Bylaws change so that work of the Commission can continue.

If you have questions or comments on this Bylaws amendment, please contact Kathleen Megivern.
CAAHEP Annual Meeting:  "Win, Place or Show: How can CAAHEP Accreditation Improve the Odds?"
April 18-19, 2010; Louisville, Kentucky

The 16th Annual CAAHEP Meeting is shaping up to be an event you won't want to miss. In addition to conducting the business of the organization, such as nominations and elections and the proposed Bylaws amendment, the Planning Committee has developed a well-rounded agenda that addresses some of today's most pressing issues, including:

  • Two sessions with Mark Taylor, MSW, EdD:
    • GenerationNeXt Comes to Work 
    • Teaching for Lasting Change: A Pedagogy of Formation for the Health Professions
  • Health Care Reform, with Dr. Robert Brooks, Associate VP for Health Care Leadership, University of South Florida (former Secretary, Florida Dept of Health)
  • A Washington Update, with Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Education
  • The popular Spotlight on Professions, highlighting professions within CAAHEP
  • And, an Exciting Possibilities through Simulation, with Bruce Searles, CCP, Associate Professor and Chair of CVP and Edward Darling,CCP, Associate Professor from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse
There will also be a town hall meeting and, of course, the annual awards lunch.

Please visit the CAAHEP website for full details and registration information. Registrations must be submitted by April 9, 2010, in order to receive the "early bird" registration rate.  Should you have any questions, please contact the CAAHEP office.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation Annual Conference Report
Kathleen Megivern, JD, CAE, CAAHEP Executive Director
At the recent Annual Conference of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Washington, comments criticizing accreditation made from two of the program's speakers left quite an impression on attendees. 
First, Martha Kanter, who serves as the Under Secretary of Education (the No. 2 official in the U.S. Education Department), asked if accreditors are asking the right questions, questioning if the accreditation process is helping institutions improve and suggesting that not enough emphasis is being placed on student learning. In her comments, she wondered aloud whether accreditation standards and processes are out-of-date, and not designed for the 21st century global society. Her presentation was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education as saying, "accreditation isn't transparent enough and it takes too long." While she did not elaborate on what she meant by "too long" in the article, she was clear that she believes accreditors and institutions should be willing to open the accreditation process to interested parties. 
A second speaker at the meeting, Kevin Carey, from Education Sector, also addressed the transparency issue - or lack thereof. He said "transparency is more than just making information available." He pointed out that accreditation uses jargon and technical language that the public cannot understand, and said that information that US News and World Reports publishes is more pertinent for students and the public than anything that accreditors publish. Mr. Carey took on several other issues in his presentation and ended with a suggestion that the Federal Government take over institutional regulation and let accreditors go back to a focus on quality - high standards rather than minimum standards.
These presentations left attendees with plenty to discuss for the remainder of the conference. CHEA President, Judith Eaton, summed it up when she reported that a first-time attendee asked her, 'Are CHEA meetings always this edgy?'

Accreditation Actions
Accreditation Actions:  November 20, 2009
Cardiovascular Technology
Northeast State Community College, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Blountville, TN (Associate)
Norton Healthcare, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Louisville, KY (Certificate)
Valencia Community College, Invasive Cardiology, Orlando, FL (Associate)
Voluntary Withdrawal
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (Masters)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Washburn University, Topeka, KS (general) (Certificate, Baccalaureate)
Washburn University, Topeka, KS (cardiac) (Certificate, Baccalaureate)
Washburn University, Topeka, KS (vascular) (Certificate, Baccalaureate)
Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (vascular) (Associate)
Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Keystone), Upland, PA (Certificate)
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA (Certificate, Associate)
East Central Community College, Decatur, MS (Associate)
Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL (Associate)
Itawamba Community College, Tupelo, MS (Associate)
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA (Associate)
Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Santa Fe Springs, CA (Certificate)
New England EMS, Manchester, NH (Associate)
Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA (Associate)
St Francis Hospital and Health Centers, Beech Grove, IN (Certificate)
Wharton County Junior College, Wharton  TX (Certificate, Associate)
California State University-CSUS Prehospital Education Program, Sacramento, CA (Associate)
Faxton-St. Luke's Herkimer County Community College, Utica, NY (Associate)
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (Certificate, Baccalaureate)
Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI (Diploma, Associate)
Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA (Baccalaureate)
Polysomnographic Technologist
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA (Associate)
TSSMT/STRC Consortium for Polysomnography Education, San Antonio, TX (Certificate)
Surgical Technologist
Autry Technology Center, Enid, OK (Certificate)
Baker College of Muskegon, Muskegon, MI (Associate)
Central Carolina Technical College, Sumter, SC (Diploma)
Central Georgia Technical College, Macon, GA (Diploma)
Concorde Career Institute-Arlington, Arlington, TX (Diploma)
DeKalb Technical College, Clarkston, GA (Diploma)
El Centro College, Dallas, TX (Certificate)
Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH (Associate)
Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI (Associate)
Lenoir Community College, Kinston, NC (Diploma)
Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA (Associate)
McCann School of Business and Technology-Sunbury, Sunbury, PA (Associate)
Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN (Associate)
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI (Associate)
Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY (Associate)
San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA (Associate)
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH (Associate)
Southern University at Shreveport - Bossier City, Shreveport, LA (Associate)
Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC (Diploma, Associate)
St Louis Community College-St. Louis, St Louis, MO (Certificate)
Tarrant County College, Hurst, TX (Certificate)
Temple College, Temple, TX (Certificate)
West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY (Diploma, Associate)
Western Suffolk BOCES, Northport , NY (Certificate)
Brown Mackie College-Louisville, Louisville, KY (Associate)
Collin County Community College District, McKinney, TX (Associate)
Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA (Certificate)
Iverson Business School, Arlington, TX (Certificate)
Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, FL (Certificate)
National College of Business and Technology-Memphis, Memphis, TN (Associate)
Sentara College of Health Sciences, Chesapeake, VA (Diploma)
Washington County Career Center, Marietta, OH (Certificate)

American College of Health Professions, Redlands, CA (Diploma)

Accreditation Actions:  January 21, 2010
Anesthesiologist Assistant
South University-Savannah, Savannah, GA (Masters)
Cardiovascular Technology
Edison State College, Ft Myers, FL (invasive cardiology) (Associate)
Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Lancaster, PA (cardiac electrophysiology) (Associate)
Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL (invasive cardiology) (Associate)
Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery, AL (Certificate)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (Certificate)
Electroneurodiagnostic Technology
Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD (Associate)
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic
Bismarck State College / St Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, ND (Certificate, Associate)
Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia, MS (Associate)
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA (Associate)
Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, MN (Diploma, Associate)
Kiamichi Technical Center, Poteau, OK (Certificate)
National EMS Academy/South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA (Certificate)
Exercise Physiology
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, PA (Masters)
Exercise Science
Kent State University, Kent, OH (Baccalaureate)
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (Baccalaureate)
Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT (Baccalaureate)
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (Baccalaureate)
Medical Assistant
Brown Mackie College-South Bend, South Bend, IN (Associate)
Everest University-Brandon Campus, Tampa, FL (Diploma)
Tennessee Technology Center - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN (Diploma)
Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK (Certificate)
Wood-Tobe Coburn School, New York, NY (Diploma)
Wood-Tobe Coburn School, New York, NY (Associate)
Ellsworth Community College, Diploma / Certificate, Iowa Falls, IA (Diploma)
Stevens Henager College, Orem, UT (Associate)
Westwood College-Midtown, Atlanta, GA (Associate)
Westwood College-North Lake Campus, Atlanta GA (Associate)
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Hanger Prosthetics Orthotics Inc., Newington, CT (Certificate)
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Certificate)
Polysomnography Technology
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park , KS (Associate)
Surgical Assisting
Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting, Joelton, TN (Certificate)