Commission on Dental Accreditation CODA (Updated April 15, 2020)
Follow-Up to Commission Meeting Related to Interruption of Education and Temporary Flexibilities for Dental Assisting Programs (Updated April 14, 2020)
Dear PROGRAM DIRECTORS,
Earlier this afternoon, CODA circulated an Email Alert (attached) related to the actions of its April 13, 2020 meeting, which I hope you received.
Reporting Interruption of Education by CODA (Due no later than May 15, 2020):
The Commission has directed that all CODA-accredited programs must submit a report on the use of distance education and interruption of education by no later than May 15, 2020. The Guidelines Reporting an Interruption of Education must be used to develop the program’s report. Additionally, the temporary flexibility guidance for each discipline is found below. Please keep the following in mind when preparing the report:
- Distance Education: Use of distance education (Question 2a), or affirmation that distance education has not changed or is not in use, must be reported for all years of the program. This portion of the program’s report must not exceed five (5) pages excluding cover page/signature page.
- If a program previously submitted a distance education report that conforms to the Commission’s prior guidance and addresses the items in Question 2a, no further submission on distance education is required.
- If a program has not submitted a report on distance education to CODA, or if the previously submitted report does not address the guidance on distance education, Question 2a of the Guidelines for Reporting Interruption of Education must be addressed in the program’s submission.
- Interruption of Education: The program’s curricular modifications must be reported to ensure the program complies with CODA Accreditation Standards and the temporary flexibility when determining (or when it determined) graduation eligibility for the individuals in the Class of 2020, including those eligible for immediate graduation using alternative mechanisms of education and evaluation.
- Excluding the distance education question as noted above, all remaining questions and subparts within the Guidelines for Reporting Interruption of Education must be addressed [no more than five (5) pages] related to the program’s management of instruction and evaluation of the Class of 2020. In reporting interruption of education, the program must answer each question with a discussion of the program’s temporary modifications in instruction and evaluation, in accordance with CODA’s temporary flexibility document. The temporary flexibility for each discipline is found below.
Special Note: If the program previously submitted an interruption of education report that adheres to the guidelines and addresses all questions, no further submission is required at this time. If the report does not adhere to the guidelines (exceeds page numbers or lacks content), a new submission is required.
The Commission will conduct special meetings of its Review Committees and the Commission in order to consider the Interruption of Education Reports submitted by each CODA-accredited educational program. Programs are reminded that they are responsible for determining whether each Class of 2020 students is eligible for graduation; programs need not await CODA approval of Interruption of Education Reports when making such decisions. However, failure to submit the report or to document continued compliance with CODA’s Accreditation Standards, temporary flexibility, policies and/or procedures, could result in further review of the program by the Commission.
Programs are also reminded that there may be licensure or other credentialing implications as a result of the program’s temporary curricular modifications, which must be considered by the program and institution and are outside of CODA’s purview.
The Guidelines for Reporting Interruption of Education and the discipline-specific temporary flexibility documents are attached and can also be found at are found at https://www.ada.org/en/coda/accreditation/accreditation-news
While the Commission staff is unable to advise programs on individual programmatic solutions to address interruption of education, the Commission will offer webinars to assist programs with general considerations in preparation of reports. Additional information, including the webinar dates, will be available in the coming days.
Post-CODA Meeting Guidance on Interruption of Education Related to COVID-19 for the Class of 2020 (April 3, 2020)
The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) conducted a special, closed meeting on April 2, 2020, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on dental and dental-related education programs. The Commission considered the flexibility that may exist based on guidance CODA obtained from the United States Department of Education.
Considerations for Modifications to Program Length Related to Title IV Funding (Outside of CODA’s Purview):