Self Study Guide for Dental Assisting

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ORGANIZING FOR THE SELF-STUDY The self-study should be comprehensive and should involve appropriate faculty and staff throughout the institution. When feasible, it is suggested that a committee, with appropriate faculty representation, be selected to assist the program administrator with the self-study process. This committee should be responsible for developing and implementing the process of self-study and coordinating the sections into a coherent self-study report. It may be desirable to establish early in the process some form or pattern to be used in preparing the sections in the report in order to provide consistency. The committee should have assistance with preparing and editing the final self-study report. Appropriate faculty and other institutional representatives (e.g., learning resources staff, financial/budget officers, counselors, admissions officers, instructional design staff) should be involved in the process to ensure that the Self-Study Report reflects the input of all individuals who have responsibility for the program. Suggested Timetable for Self-Study: Months Prior to Visit 12 Appoint committee and resource persons; Assign sections of self-study to appropriate faculty-resource persons; Develop action plan and report format 10 Sections of report are analyzed and developed by assigned individuals 7 Faculty and program administrator review tentative reports 6 Committee prepares rough draft of self-study document 5 Draft document is reviewed institution-wide 4 Self-study document finalized and duplicated 3 Solicit comments in accordance with the “Policy on Third Party Comments” found in the Commission’s Evaluation Policies and Procedures manual. 2 Final self-study document forwarded to Commission and members of the visiting committee 60 days prior to date of the scheduled visit. Staff Assistance/Consultation : The Commission on Dental Accreditation provides staff consultation to all educational programs within its accreditation purview. Programs may obtain staff counsel and guidance at any time. Policies and Procedures for Site Visits : These policies and procedures are included at the end of this Self-Study Guide . 10
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Self-Study Format : As noted in the instructions with this Self-Study Guide , this is a suggested approach to completing a self-study report. All institutions should be aware that the Commission respects their right to organize their data differently and will allow programs to develop their own formats for the exhibits requested in the “Supportive Documentation” sections of the Guide . However, if the program’s proposed format differs from that suggested in the Self- Study Guide , the program should contact Commission staff for review and approval prior to initiating the self-study process. This procedure will provide assurance to the program that its proposed format will include the elements considered essential by the Commission and its visiting committees.
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