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Please be sure you have CAAHEP's new address:  
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763.  
The address must be correct on your program's website and catalogs.  
Please also notify your accounting office. Thank you.
 
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Welcome New CAAHEP Commissioners

Several Commissioners have been appointed by Sponsoring Organizations of CAAHEP recently. Please join us in welcoming our new Commissioners:
 
Jennifer Stever, AAC
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
 
Bonnie Robertson, CRT, RPSGT
Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
 
Joel Porquez, BS, RST, RPSGT, CCSH 
American Association of Sleep Technologists
 
For a list of Sponsoring Organizations and Commissioners, please visit the CAAHEP Website.


CAAHEP Board Meeting Schedule
The CAAHEP Board of Directors takes accreditation actions six times per year (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sept., and Nov.). The following are upcoming meeting dates and locations (where appropriate):
 
September 16, 2016
Conference Call

November 18, 2016
Conference Call

January 18-19, 2017
Tampa, Florida

March 17, 2017
Conference Call

May 19, 2017
Conference Call

July 12-13, 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 


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2017 CAAHEP Annual Meeting

April 23-24, 2017

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
Atlanta, GA

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From the President
Thomas Skalko


Every time I interface with the CAAHEP family at one of our events, I consistently leave amazed at the talent and commitment of each family member.  The July Committees on Accreditation (CoA) Workshop was no exception. New CoAs interfacing with a network of receptive mature CoAs (notice I did not say old timers), presenters bring concrete solutions and thoughtful discussion on the myriad of challenges of programmatic accreditation, and a general sharing of mutual support.  I cannot say enough about the power of our collective and the giving nature of the CAAHEP folks.

Among the topics at the workshop was a meaningful discussion, hosted by CAAHEP's Standards Committee (SC), on the CAAHEP Standards for Accreditation. The collective had varied opinions but the sharing, discussion, and input to the SC was invaluable as they deliberate potential template changes. I am sure there is more to come.

I wanted to take a moment to also acknowledge the award, "Legends Who Walk Among Us," that was presented to Dr. George Hatch of the CoAEMSP from the National Association of EMS Educators. It is among the Association's highest honors. Congratulations, George.

As always, accreditation remains a topic in Washington, DC. While most of the attention is on institutional accreditation, as a programmatic accreditor, CAAHEP continues to monitor activities and events. As some may recall, public policy was among the activities noted in CAAHEP's strategic planning process. Executive Director Kathleen Megivern continues to track activities and keep the Board informed.

One of the most interesting developments came on August 16, 2016, when the US Department of Education announced the eight "partnerships" selected participate in a new program called EQUIP (Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships) experiment. The fact sheet provided by USDE goes on to say:

"EQUIP falls under the Experimental Sites Initiatives, which test the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for postsecondary institutions that disburse federal financial aid. Through the EQUIP program, the Department seeks to learn about these new models and their costs and educational and employment outcomes for students, as well as explore new methods to measure quality. Testing and learning from this program may help inform future policy reforms." (Emphasis added).

Each winning partnership includes an "innovative" education provider (such as coding or software "boot camps" or companies providing online learning); a traditional college or university; and a third-party quality assurance entity (QAE). "QAEs will hold the non-traditional providers and postsecondary institutions accountable by assessing the student outcomes, including learning and employment and the management of the program." The list of QAEs includes some familiar names such as CHEA, ANSI and the American Council on Education.  Projects range from a 12-week software development boot camp to an accelerated bachelor of science in Advanced Manufacturing.

These projects are aimed at the same "non-traditional" student population being served by many of CAAHEP's accredited programs and we will watch with great interest as they progress, especially the work of the "QAEs."

I look forward to the next year and hope to see each of you in the near future.   
 
Thom
Thomas Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT
President, CAAHEP
CAAHEP Accredits the First Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program     
 
Congratulations to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA on becoming the first CAAHEP accredited Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography (ACS) program. Advanced Cardiovascular Sonographers are health care professionals with specialized knowledge and clinical expertise in cardiac sonography. The formal educational pathway provides advancement opportunities for the sonographer with additional practice levels and professions within echocardiography laboratories.
 
For information on offering a ACS program at your school, please contact the Committee on Accreditation for Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography. 
 
CAAHEP Programs Report Outcomes   
 
The cornerstone of CAAHEP accreditation is a program's outcomes. And, one of the requirements of CAAHEP being recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is that CAAHEP accredited programs must publish their outcomes, and electronic links to those outcomes must be published on the CAAHEP website. With over 2,000 accredited programs, collecting the web address of each program's outcomes has been a monumental task. Since late 2015, CAAHEP has been collecting and recording the links to electronically-published outcomes of our programs. As of July, we are proud to report electronic outcome links for 88% of programs accredited by CAAHEP are now posted on the CAAHEP website. The CAAHEP staff continues to gather URLs from programs daily, as well as monitors these links for accuracy, in an effort to reach 100% reporting rate. Providing links to program outcomes, as well as links to accredited programs' websites, assists potential students in making sound decisions on their future education. Please visit the CAAHEP website to view accredited programs listings. Programs wishing to share or change their program's web listing should contact the CAAHEP office.
   
CoA Summer Workshop Success  
 
The annual CoA Summer Workshop was held in July in Orlando, Florida. This program is designed by and for the leadership of the Committees on Accreditation (CoAs) that work with each program as they move through the CAAHEP accreditation process. The Summer Workshop gives the CoA leadership a chance to share best practices, analyze trends, celebrate successes, and generally learn through networking with others who share similar experiences. The 2016 Workshop was a free-flowing discussion on a multitude of topics including: Emergency Transition Planning, the Use of Simulation during the Clinical Experience, Writing Effective Citations, the Training Board Members, and more.

During the program, the Joint Review Committee on Cardiovascular Technology recognized Kathleen Megivern and the CAAHEP staff for management assistance provided to the JRC-CVT following the passing of Bill Goding, the JRC-CVT Executive Director. Here, Ray Lenius Vice Chair of JRC-CVT, and Jackie Long-Goding, present a commemorative clock to Kathleen Megivern.
 
 
Accreditation Actions

Each profession in the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) system has a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) that consists of experts in the profession that are responsible for reviewing programs and making appropriate recommendations for accreditation to CAAHEP. CAAHEP reviews recommendations received from its CoAs in each profession, assures due process was followed, and takes final action on an accreditation status.

CAAHEP took the following actions at its July 21, 2016 meeting. Actions are identified by profession, action taken, and date of the next comprehensive evaluation. In some cases, the concentration and/or degree are also specified. Where available, links to the programs' websites are included.

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2019. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Medical Assisting
Central Lakes College, Staples, MN (Diploma)
Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, KS (Associate)
Highland Community College, Freeport, IL (Associate)
Medtech College-Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN (Associate)
Washington County Community College, Calais, ME (Associate)

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2021. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (General)
Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (Cardiac)
Hillyard Technical Center, St. Joseph, MO (General)
Hillyard Technical Center, St. Joseph, MO (Vascular)
Triton College, River Grove, IL (General)
Valencia College, Orlando, FL (General)

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA
Dutchess Community College, Wappingers Falls, NY
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
St. Petersburg College, Pinellas Park, FL
Victor Valley College, Victorville, CA
 
Medical Assisting
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY (Associate)
 
The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2026. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Cardiovascular Technology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA (Adult Echocardiography, Baccalaureate)
St. Cloud Technical and Community College, St Cloud, MN (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Associate)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Exercise Science
University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

Polysomnographic Technology
Coahoma Community College, Clarksdale, MS (Associate)
Linn Benton Community College, Albany, OR (Certificate)

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2021.

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, GA
Valencia College, Orlando, FL

Exercise Science

Recreational Therapy

The following program was found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The program was granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2024.

Medical Assisting
Cisco College, Abilene, TX (Certificate)
 

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