Revised Draft 2017 Accreditation Standards Released for Second Comment Period
The ACEND® Standards Committee has released a REVISED Draft of the 2017 Accreditation Standards for a second public comment period that will close on June 30, 2016. The Draft Standards, which were initially released in February 2016, are the results of a planned five-year review cycle of the current 2012 Accreditation Standards. The review and revision are based upon current trends and new developments in dietetics education and practice, and assures the accreditation process is in compliance with the USDE regulations.
During the first public comment period, ACEND® received more than 800 responses to the online survey, interacted with more than 200 attendees at the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) area meetings this spring, heard comments from multiple attendees at the monthly town hall meeting and received numerous phone calls and emails. All of that input was reviewed by the ACEND® Standards Committee during the revision process.
After completing the second public comment period and revision process, the Standards Committee will make recommendations for the standards to the ACEND® Board for their approval.
ACEND® thanks all who have provided input and encourages stakeholders to provide additional comments about the revisions at the following survey link before June 30, 2016.
Crosswalks of 2017 with 2012 Accreditation Standards
Recommended Model for Future Education
In addition to revising the existing Standards, the ACEND® Standards Committee is developing standards for a new recommended model for education in nutrition and dietetics with the purpose of advancing the profession and protecting the public.
The ACEND® Board released recommendations about the future education model on February 18, 2015 and has been developing standards and competencies for future education programs at the associate’s, bachelor's and master’s degree levels. ACEND® anticipates that a draft of the Standards and Competencies will be available for public comment in fall 2016. The following documents and webinar explain the recommendations and the work being done by ACEND®.
ACEND® Standards Committee
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) serves the public by establishing and enforcing standards for the educational preparation of dietetics practitioners. The ACEND® Board includes a Standards Committee which is charged with:
- Monitoring accreditation standards on an ongoing basis
- Completing a periodic review and revision of accreditation standards
- Assessing and implementing, as appropriate, current trends and new developments in dietetics education and practice
- Assuring policies, guidelines, guidance and documents used in the accreditation process are in compliance with USDE accreditation regulations.
The Standards Committee makes recommendations for standards revisions to the ACEND® Board for their approval. The Standards are reviewed and revised on a planned cycle of every five years.