Self Study Guide for Dental Assisting

The site visit report reflects the program as it

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the Commission in taking the accreditation action. The site visit report reflects the program as it exists at the time of the site visit. Any improvements or changes made subsequent to a site visit may be described and documented in the program’s response to the preliminary draft report, which becomes part of the Commission’s formal record of the program’s evaluation. Such improvements or changes represent progress made by the institution and are considered by the Commission in determining accreditation status, although the site visit report is not revised to reflect these changes. Following assignment of accreditation status, the final site visit report is prepared and transmitted to the institution. The Commission expects the chief administrators of educational institutions to make copies of the Commission site visit reports available to program administrators, faculty members and others directly concerned with program quality so that they may work toward meeting the recommendations contained in the report. Commission members and visiting committee members are not authorized, under any circumstances, to disclose any information obtained during site visits or Commission meetings. The extent to which publicity is given to site visit reports is determined by the chief administrator of the educational institution. Decisions to publicize reports, in part or in full, are at the discretion of the educational institution officials, rather than the Commission. However, if the institution elects to release sections of the report to the public, the Commission reserves the right to make the entire site visit report public. Commission Review of Site Visit Reports : The Commission and its review committees meet twice each year to consider site visit reports, progress reports, applications for accreditation and 8
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policies related to accreditation. These meetings are usually in January and July. Reports from site visits conducted less than 90 days prior to a Commission meeting are usually deferred and considered at the next Commission meeting. Notification of Accreditation Action : An institution will receive the formal site visit report, including the accreditation status, within 30 days following the official meeting of the Commission. The Commission’s definitions of accreditation classifications are published in its Accreditation Standards documents. Additional Information : Additional information regarding the procedures followed during the site visit is contained in the Commission’s publication, Evaluation Policies and Procedures . The Commission uses the Accreditation Standards for Dental Assisting Education Programs as the basis for its evaluation of dental assisting programs; therefore, it is essential that institutions be thoroughly familiar with this document.
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