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In the Feb 2014 Issue
Welcome New Commissioners
SDMS Announces 2014 Grant and Scholarship Program
From the President
CAAHEP Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence
Accreditors Take Note
CAAHEP Leaders Wanted
AACC Recognition
CAAHEP Sponsor Spotlight: ASET
Accreditation Actions

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CAAHEP Board Meeting Schedule 

The CAAHEP Board of Directors takes accreditation actions six times per year (Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept., and Nov.). The following are the upcoming meeting dates:
Mar. 21, 2014
Conference Call
May 16, 2014
Conference Call 
July 30-31, 2014
Charlotte, NC 
September 19, 2014
Conference Call
November 21, 2014
Conference Call 
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Welcome New CAAHEP Commissioners
Two sponsoring organizations have appointed new CAAHEP Commissioners. Welcome to
Tina Broderick, Commissioner for Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), and
Donald Balasa, Commissioner for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
See the CAAHEP website for a complete list of Sponsoring Organizations and Commissioners.  


SDMS Announces 2014 Grant and Scholarship Program

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2014 SDMS Foundation Grant and Scholarship Programs. Since its inception, the SDMS Foundation has awarded $369,200 in grants and scholarships.

The following scholarships and grants are available in 2014:


  • SDMS Foundation Sonography Student Scholarship Program
  • Foundation Sonographer Advanced Degree Scholarship Program
  • SDMS Annual Conference Grants
  • SDMS Foundation Certification Examination Grant Program


Detailed information including eligibility criteria, submission deadlines, and how to apply online for the 2014 SDMS Grant and Scholarship Programs is available on the SDMS Foundation's website.
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From the President
Cameron Harris, RPSGT


The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with the concept that the only constant is change.  As CAAHEP passes it 20th anniversary, we must not only be vigilant of change that affects our mission, but also maintain a nimble posture for reacting to change. One of the most powerful agents of change to the mission of accreditation is the U.S. Congress. Congressional leaders have taken an unprecedented interest in programmatic accreditation during their recent hearings regarding the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The business and regulatory aspects of programmatic accreditation have changed since the governance of CAAHEP was designed. Do we have an opportunity for a more effective structure? To meet the challenge of change CAAHEP must seek the answer to that question.


CHEA held their annual conference last month with the title of "Innovation, Disruption and the Status Quo: What Do We want for Accreditation."  As the title suggests, the theme was the challenge of change being faced by accreditors. Two key speakers where Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who addressed Congressional perceptions of the role of accreditors in the nation's educational system.


Congresswoman Foxx, who is Chair of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, made her remarks in a pre-recorded video. She expressed concern about "overreaching regulations" governing higher education and accreditation that impede innovation and efficiency. Foxx, who has stated during previous hearings that the importance of specialized and programmatic accreditation has been overlooked in the past, commented that she believes accreditation must play a role in finding solutions to make college more affordable.  Her expectation for reauthorization of the HEA will provide the opportunity to streamline the accreditation process.


Senator Harkin, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is highly motivated to complete reauthorization of the HEA in the coming year as he will not seek re-election and would like the achievement as part of his legacy. He said accreditors should do more to monitor educational outcomes in order to raise the bar for quality in higher education and called for greater transparency and accountability in accreditation. Harkin used an example involving programmatic accreditation within a profession served by CAAHEP to emphasize his point that the accreditation community needs to do more to build public awareness of what accreditation does. He cited an incident where a student enrolled in a non-accredited medical sonography program.  Upon graduation, the student faced a conundrum. Certification in sonography was required for employment, but because she had not completed a CAAHEP accredited sonography program, the student needed to complete 12 months full-time employment to qualify for certification.  More simply put, the outcome of the program did not enable the student to secure employment. I was able to have a personal conversation with the Senator following his presentation and asked what an accrediting agency can do to prevent incidents like the one he described when we have no authority to compel a program to seek accreditation.  His response was that accreditors need to inform prospective students and the public about what accreditation's role is in education.



CAAHEP Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence 


The CAAHEP Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 27-28, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, will be a celebration of CAAHEP's 20 years of excellence. If you have not already registered, be sure to do so early as you won't want to miss out on any of the events. The meeting is being held during Fiesta, one of America's truly great festivals, and we will be in the heart of it all at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel. And, space is filling up fast! The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk is sold out, so CAAHEP has secured two overflow hotels in the heart of San Antonio and within walking distance to the Hyatt Regency - the historic Menger Hotel and The Hotel Crockett. See the CAAHEP website for more details.


Annual Meeting Highlights include:

  • Keynote by William M. Roberts, MD, MBA, Rear Admiral, Medical Corps, US Navy, Acting Director, Education and Training, Defense Health Agency, Commandant of the Medical Education Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston.
  • Washington Update
  • A look back at the Commission with some of the early leaders of CAAHEP
  • Spotlight on Professions
  • Spotlight on Sponsors
  • Commission Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon
  • Special Session for CAAHEP Program Directors, where program directors will have an opportunity to discuss accreditation one-on-one with leaders and staff of four of CAAHEP's Committees on Accreditation:  Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Assisting, and Surgical Technology. 
  • An Optional Tour of Medical Education Training Campus
  • And, much more! 

For additional information, to register for the Annual Meeting and to make hotel accommodations, please visit the CAAHEP website. Looking forward to Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence with you!


Accreditors Take Note of Lessons Learned from the Decision Against ACCSC   
Kathleen Megivern, JD, CAE
CAAHEP Executive Director

Attendees at CAAHEP's 2014 Leadership Workshop heard a terrific presentation by Elise Scanlon, JD, about the legal responsibilities of nonprofit board members and, in particular, accrediting agency volunteers.


Just days after that presentation, word began to spread about a court decision out of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that serves to reinforce many of the principles Elise talked about. The litigation was brought by a small massage therapy school, Professional Massage Training Center, Inc. (PMTC) when its accreditation was withdrawn by its institutional accreditor, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The court ruled in favor of the school, reinstating their accreditation and assessing ACCSC for almost $500,000 in damages.


The decision is troubling in many respects. The judge's finding of due process violations seems a bit of a stretch. But, based on what he says in the decision, there seem to have been many inappropriate actions by the accreditor as well. The site team leader destroyed two binders of responses from the school before anyone else had a chance to read them. The judge felt that there was "ample evidence" to support the assertion that "ACCSC's staff was biased against Ms. Mee" (the owner of the school). The judge goes on to say: "ACCSC staff members openly ridiculed Ms. Mee's interaction with ACCSC employees during much of the reaccreditation process and were clearly sick of dealing with her. Staff members openly debated putting damning statements about her in the report and then did so although some allegations were unsupportable." Testimony also indicated that some of the Commission members had not read all of the documents before voting to withdraw accreditation.


The judge notes that student outcomes, which in this case were well above average, appear to have been totally ignored in the ACCSC deliberations.



CAAHEP Leaders Wanted!
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It's not too late to nominate someone for one of the open positions on CAAHEP's Board of Directors. This year, the following three positions are open:
  • One representative from a Sponsoring Organization
  • One representative from a Committee on Accreditation
  • One representative from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
In addition, CAAHEP is seeking nominees for the Recent Graduate Commissioner and one Public Member. The Recent Graduate Commissioner represents the interests of students in the accreditation of health science education programs, and also serves on the CAAHEP Board of Directors. Similarly, the Public Member serves the interest of the public and also serves on the CAAHEP Board of Directors.
If you are or know someone interested in one of these positions, please see the CAAHEP website for additional information and nomination forms.

Community Colleges with CAAHEP Accredited Programs Among AACC Award Nominees


The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recently announced that it is putting the extraordinary work of two-year colleges in the national spotlight with its second annual Awards of Excellence, by naming 24 community colleges as finalists in a program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges. And, twenty of the 24 named are community colleges that have CAAHEP accredited programs.


According to the AACC's Community College Daily publication, awards are given in six categories: emerging leadership, student success, faculty innovation, exemplary CEO/board, advancing diversity and outstanding college/corporate partnership. The winners will be announced in April during the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner at the AACC Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. CAAHEP applauds the efforts of the following institutions with CAAHEP accredited programs, and congratulates them on being nominated for an AACC Award of Excellence:



Emerging Leadership Nominees

 Student Success Nominees

Faculty Innovation Nominees

Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Nominees

Advancing Diversity Nominees

Exemplary CEO/Board Nominees

CAAHEP Sponsor Spotlight


ASET - The Neurodiagnostic Society is the largest national professional association for individuals involved in the study and recording of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. Organized in 1959, ASET's mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and professional excellence for our members, creating greater awareness of the profession and establishing standards and best practices to ensure quality patient care. Members include technologists, students, physicians and institutions involved in EEG, evoked potentials, polysomnography, nerve conduction studies and related neurodiagnostics. ASET is a CAAHEP sponsoring organization and endorses the Standards and Guidelines for Educational Programs in Neurodiagnostic Technology, as well as Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring.  For additional information on ASET, please visit the website: www.aset.org  
Career Outlook:
There is a significant nation-wide shortage of highly skilled Neurodiagnostic Technologists, and an insufficient number of formal educational programs to address this shortage. The United Sates Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 40,000 job openings in the future. ASET - The Neurodiagnostic Society is working to address the shortage head on, by encouraging colleges and universities to open a Neurodiagnostic Technology Program to help alleviate this critical shortfall. ASET has created a web page for Deans to review information about a Neurodiagnostic Technology Program, and statistics about the profession. For information on bringing a Neurodiagnostic Technology Program to your institution, please visit the web page for Deans

Accreditation Actions

The following programs achieved CAAHEP accreditation at the January 16, 2014, Board of Directors meeting. Where possible, there are links directly to each program's website.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography  


Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX (Cardiac, Vascular) (Certificate, Associate)   

Arkansas State University - Jonesboro, Jonesboro, AR (General) (Baccalaureate)

Cambridge Institute of Allied Health, Delray Beach, FL (General) (Associate)

Central Florida Institute-Palm Harbor, Palm Harbor, FL (General) (Associate)

Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH (Cardiac, General, Vascular) (Certificate, Associate)

Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics - Mobile, Spanish Fort, AL (General) (Certificate)

John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL (Cardiac) (Certificate, Associate)

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (General) (Associate)

West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, WV (General) (Certificate)



Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX (Pediatric Cardiac) (Certificate, Associate)

Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont, TX (Cardiac) (Certificate, Associate)

Marion Technical College, Marion, OH (General) (Associate)

Mattia College, Miami, FL (General) (Associate)


Emergency Medical Technician


American National University, Salem, VA (Certificate, Associate)

Associates in Emergency Care Consortia, Mount Airy, MD (Certificate)

Community College of Aurora, Denver, CO (Certificate, Associate)

Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, AL (Certificate, Associate)

University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA (Certificate)

Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL (Certificate, Associate)

Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA (Certificate, Associate)



Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT (Certificate)

Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, IA (Certificate, Associate)

Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL (Certificate, Associate)

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL (Certificate)

Rogue Community College, Medford, OR (Certificate, Associate)

Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI (Diploma, Associate)


South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado, AR (Certificate, Associate)



Exercise Science


Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT (Baccalaureate)

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT (Baccalaureate)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (Baccalaureate)



Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA (Baccalaureate)

State University of New York, College at Brockport, Brockport, NY (Baccalaureate)

Wright State University, Dayton, OH (Diploma)


Exercise Physiology


University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (Clinical) (Masters, Baccalaureate)


Medical Assisting

Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA (Certificate)



National American University, Austin, TX (Associate)



Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, CT (Associate)  



Neurodiagnostic Technology  

Institute of Health Sciences, Hunt Valley, MD (Polysomnography) (Certificate, Associate)




St Petersburg College, Pinellas Park, FL (Baccalaureate, Masters)


Personal Fitness Training


Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH (Certificate, Associate)


Specialist Blood Bank Technology/Transfusion Medicine  


Blood Systems Laboratories, Tempe, AZ (Certificate)  



Surgical Technology  


Calhoun Community College, Decatur, AL (Certificate, Associate)

Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC (Associate)  

Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard, KY (Associate)



Delaware Technical and Community College-Terry Campus , Dover, DE (Associate)



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