Future Education Model

The ACEND® Standards Committee has been developing standards and competencies for a new model for education in nutrition and dietetics with the purpose of advancing the profession and protecting the public.

The ACEND® Board released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Graduate Degree Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND® invites programs interested in being accredited under these standards to apply to be an early adopter demonstration program.

Revised Standards: Call for Public Comment

ACEND® has made some slight revisions in the wording of the Future Education Model Standards and invites public comment on those revisions.

Webinar: Future Education Model Standards

ACEND® has a webinar that provides background on the development of the Future Education Model Standards, discusses plans for the adoption of the Standards by demonstration programs and provides future plans for data collection and analysis.

Future Education Model Accreditation Standards

Future Education Model Accreditation Standards Documents

Guidance Information and Templates for the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards

Competencies and Performance Indicators in the Future Education Model Standards

For information on practice illustrations and demonstration of assessment for each of the competencies refer to Appendix A in the Guidance Information document.

Demonstration Program Application

ACEND® invites applications from organizations interested in sponsoring a nutrition and dietetics program that would be accredited under the ACEND® Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor's or Graduate Degree Programs as an early adopter demonstration program. Applications for the third cohort of demonstration programs are due by 11:00 a.m. (Central time) on January 11, 2019.

ACEND Standards News

The ACEND® Standards Committee provides a brief update about its Standards development work in a newsletter published every other month. Review recent updates for the Standards Committee. Contact ACEND® at acend@eatright.org or call 800-877-1600 x5400 with any questions or comments.

FAQ for the Future Education Model

ACEND® has received many questions about the Future Education Model and has compiled a Frequently Asked Questions document with the most commonly asked questions and ACEND®'s response to each. Download PDF of Frequently Asked Questions.

Rationale for Future Education Preparation of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners

ACEND® has collected data in multiple projects with stakeholders and is testing a new model for education of nutrition and dietetics practitioners.

Virtual Town Hall

ACEND® hosts a virtual town hall quarterly to answer your questions about ACEND®'s work. The next town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8 at 11 a.m. (Central time). All stakeholders are invited to participate. Learn more about Virtual Town Hall Meetings.

FNCE® ACEND® Forum Presentation

The ACEND® Forum presentation at FNCE® 2017 provided an update on ACEND®'s Standards work and the Future Education Model. Also discussed were the topics of competency-based education and competency assessment. You can view the presentation and the slides using the links below: