Self Study Guide for Dental Assisting

It should be emphasized that while the self study is

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achieving those objectives that have not been fully realized. It should be emphasized that, while the self-study is essential to the accrediting process, the major value of an effective self-study should be to the program itself. The report is a document which summarizes the methods and findings of the self-study process. Thus, a self-study report written exclusively by a consultant or an assigned administrator or faculty member is not a self-study. 6
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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES RELATED TO THE EVALUATION OF ALLIED DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS The Commission has established a seven-year site visit cycle for accreditation review. Every effort is made to review all existing dental and dental-related programs in an institution at the same time. However, adherence to this policy of institutional review may be influenced by a number of factors, e.g., graduation date established for new programs, recommendations in previous Commission reports, and/or current accreditation status. The purpose of the site evaluation is to obtain in-depth information concerning all administrative and educational aspects of the program. The site visit verifies and supplements the information contained in the comprehensive self-study document completed by the institution prior to the site evaluation. As stated in “Instructions for Completing the Self-Study Report,” one copy of the completed Self-Study Report should be sent directly to each member of the visiting committee at least 60 days prior to the date of the visit. Names and addresses of the members of the team will be provided to the institution approximately two to three months ahead of the visit. In addition, one copy of all self-study materials is to be submitted to the Commission office 60 days in advance of the visit. NOTE: If a Commission staff member is serving on the visiting committee, the Commission should receive one copy of the self-study report for this individual and a second copy for the program’s files. Third Party Comment Policy : Programs scheduled for review are responsible for soliciting third-party comments from students and patients by publishing an announcement at least 90 days prior to the site visit. Commission on Dental Accreditation site visitors will expect to have documentation demonstrating compliance with the policy on "Third Party Comments" made available on-site. Please refer to the Commission’s publication, Evaluation Policies and Procedures for the entire “Policy on Third Party Comments.” Complaints Policy : Programs are responsible for developing and implementing procedures demonstrating that students were notified, at least annually, of the opportunity and the procedures to file complaints with the Commission. Additionally, the program must maintain a record of student complaints related to the Commission’s accreditation standards and/or policy received since the Commission's last comprehensive review of the program. Commission on Dental Accreditation site visitors will expect to have documentation demonstrating compliance with the policy on "Complaints" made available on-site.
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