Update from the ACOTE® meeting in August 2020.
POLICY CHANGES AND CLARIFICATION
- Reporting Requirements for Spring 2021 (ACOTE® Policy IV.B.1. Additions or Changes)
- The US Department of Education expanded their broad approval for the use of distance education until December 31, 2020. Programs do NOT need to submit changes to ACOTE® if they are continuing with distance education in fall 2020.
- If programs plan to continue 100% distance education after December 31, 2020, programs WILL need to submit a change request to ACOTE®.
- If programs move to a hybrid approach, using a combination of distance education and face-to-face classes, programs do NOT need to submit a change to ACOTE®; however, they will have to report these changes on the 2021 Annual Report.
- Transition Rule (ACOTE® Policy IV.B.4. Transitioning Education Levels): ACOTE® voted to remove the Transition Rule from Policy IV.B.4 effective January 1, 2021. Programs submitting a letter of intent after January 1, 2021, will not be eligible for an abbreviated interim report or an abbreviated self-study and on-site evaluation.
2018 STANDARDS AND INTERPRETATIVE GUIDE CHANGES AND CLARIFICATION
- ACOTE® Standard A.1.1. Institutional Accreditation: The US Department of Education removed geography from an accrediting agency’s scope. Instead of distinguishing between regional and national accrediting agencies, the Department will distinguish only between institutional and programmatic accrediting agencies. Therefore, ACOTE® voted to remove “regional” from the 2018 Standards. ACOTE will require sponsoring institution(s) and affiliates, if any, to be accredited by a nationally recognized institutional accrediting agency.
AUGUST 2020 ACOTE MEETING ACTIONS: A full report on ACOTE® actions is available under Accreditation Actions on the ACOTE® homepage.
- Most Frequently cited areas of noncompliance for August 2020:
- 10 citations – Faculty Professional Development Plans
- 8 citations – Strategic Plan
- 5 citations – Annual Evaluation Report
- 5 citations – Program Director
- The following Standards were cited three (3) times: AFWC, Licensed OT/OTA Faculty, Sufficient Faculty, Publication of ACOTE Information, Program Evaluation
- World Federation of Occupational Therapist (WFOT): ACOTE® accreditation meets the WFOT requirements; therefore, OT programs that are accredited by ACOTE® are WFOT approved. After each ACOTE meeting, accreditation staff provides updates to WFOT on the approval of new and reaccredited programs. If you would like to display the WFOT logo on your websites to promote your WFOT approved status, orders can be made by emailing WFOT at email@example.com. For more information visit their website at: https://www.wfot.org.
- Past newsletters can be found at acoteonline.org under “NEWS.”
- The ACOTE® education committee added an Instructional Design Webinar to learn.aota.org. It is available at: https://myaota.aota.org/InstitutionUserRegistration.aspx?id=000004305326
- Please continue updating the program director and faculty licenses in the “FACULTY” tab in the eAccreditation portal.
- It is the responsibility of the program director to remain current with the most recent Standards Interpretive Guide and ACOTE® policies located on acoteonline.org. Updates to these documents are reported on the ACOTE® website after each ACOTE® meeting.
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