Latest Updates from ACEND

ACEND® Fee Schedule Updated

The ACEND® fee schedule for June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2024 has been updated to clarify the annual fee structure for programs in partnerships or consortiums.

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School Spirit: Register Students for FNCE® 2021

The Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ helps instill professional practice beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors in students that will prepare them for practice and lifelong learning. Educators: Give your students an opportunity to enhance their future career in nutrition and dietetics, encourage them to register for FNCE® 2021.

The Academy will recognize five dietetics education programs, one for each program type: Didactic Program in Dietetics, Dietetic Internship, Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Dietetic Technician Program, and Future Education Model Graduate program. The five education programs that bring the highest percentage of students to FNCE® will have the opportunity for a virtual VIP Meet and Greet after FNCE® with Academy President Kevin Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND and the Board of Directors. In addition, each winning school will receive complimentary site access for a Center for Lifelong Learning online module from the Certificate of Training programs. In case of a tie, a random drawing will be held of the programs with the highest percentage of attendees.

If you are interested in having your program considered for this opportunity, work with your educator to submit your number of total enrollment for your program, number of students registered for FNCE® and the percentage this represents to by October 1.

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ACEND®Updates the Future Education Model (FEM) Partnership Requirements

Based on recommendations and guidance from ACEND®'s legal counsel, programs ending in a credential, such as a Master's degree must be sponsored and housed in the educational institution that grants the degree to meet United States Department of Education (USDE) requirements. FEM partnership requirements for demonstration programs have been revised to clarify the location of the primary sponsor of an FEM partnership program. The program director in a partnership may still be housed outside of the college or university but will need to be either a full-time employee of the college or university or contracted by that institution. ACEND® will work with programs interested in proceeding as an FEM partnership demonstration program to ensure they meet partnership agreement requirements. Programs considering forming a partnership following the FEM Accreditation Standards, contact your ACEND® Manager®.

If you are interested in a developing a partnership program under the Future Education Model Standards and have questions about this update or about partnerships in general, contact ACEND at

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USDE Requirements for Disclosing Licensure Information to Students

The ACEND Accreditation Standards require programs to publish "Information about the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, including education, supervised practice, passage on the CDR credentialing exam, and state certification/licensure, if applicable; and how the program fits into the process." It is recommended that programs add the statement that it is ACEND's considered opinion that the program is designed to and does meet all state dietetics licensure and certification laws as some states may interpret their statutes differently. More information about state licensure and certification is available at this link: State Licensure

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Upcoming ACEND DEI Webinars

ACEND continues its series of webinars to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in its accredited programs. As such, ACEND invites you to attend three upcoming diversity equity and inclusion webinars. All the webinars are free and provide 1.5 CPEs each. All ACEND stakeholders (faculty, administrators, preceptors, students, interns, etc.) are invited. Additional information about the webinars can be found on our website.

Supporting and Building Resilience in BICOP Students and Dietetic Interns

Date: September 14, 2021
Time: 5:00 -6:30 p.m. (Central time)

Closing Equity Gaps in Higher Education: Lessons for Leveling the Playing Field for All Students

Date: November 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Central time)

Supporting our LGBTQ Students and Dietetic Interns

 Date: February 8, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Central time)

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New International Student Section on ACEND Website

ACEND® has created a new page on our website that contains resources for international students, in the Students and Advancing Education section. These resources include:

  • International Students Checklist: A step-by-step guide for international students to become eligible to sit for the CDR credentialing exams through ACEND-accredited educational programs.
  • Requirements for Those with Foreign Degrees: a general description of ACEND®'s education requirements for individuals with a foreign degree.
  • Obtaining Dietetic Credentials with a Foreign Degree: General information about CDR's requirements for obtaining a credential with a foreign degree.
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies: This is a list of non-profit agencies that can be used by international students to assess their degree for U.S. degree equivalency.

Program directors who receive inquiries from international students about applying to their program can reference this page as well. Once an international student provides a foreign degree equivalency report, programs should follow their policies for evaluating international students' transcripts, just as they would from a student educated in the United States. The ACEND® board has created a video training on how evaluate international students' transcripts to assist programs who may need additional guidance.

Please contact ACEND® if there are additional resources that would be helpful for guiding international students.

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Share Your DEI Noteworthy Practices with Other Educators

ACEND has continued to identify Noteworthy Dietetics Practices among the ACEND®-accredited programs and has recently began highlighting efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

If you would like your DEI noteworthy practice to be reviewed by ACEND®'s Review Committee and possibly be selected for the next quarter, please visit the ACEND®'s Noteworthy Practice page to download the submission form.

Noteworthy practices in the following topic areas are requested: Recruitment and admission practices that encourage diversity, retention practices and program activities that support students/interns with diverse needs, training activities for faculty and preceptors, educational activities in the classroom and/or during supervised practice, Holistic Admissions processes, and other activities that promote DEI.

Please submit the completed submission form and supporting documentation to by Friday, July 16, 2021. If your noteworthy practice is chosen next quarter, the practice will be posted to the ACEND® website and in the ACEND® UPdate newsletter.

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ACEND® Policy and Procedure Manual and Substantive Change Guidelines

The ACEND’s Policy and Procedure Manual and Substantive Change Guidelines have been revised and updated on ACEND's website. These revisions provide additional clarification to better align with the revised U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognition criteria which went into effect on July 1, 2020. The policy changes do not impact programs at this time. Program directors are encouraged to contact ACEND® staff with any questions.

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ACEND® Creates Guidance for Determining a Quality Master's degree

ACEND® has created a guidance document for programs wishing to assess the quality of their Master's degree. The document includes several different topic areas where Master's degree programs should provide elevated academic experiences compared to Bachelor's degree programs. Please note that these topics discussed in this document are guidance for programs. Please access the ACEND® Standards for ACEND® requirements.

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ACEND® Board Discontinues the Future Bachelor (FB) Demonstration Program

ACEND® launched its Future Education Model (FEM) demonstration program pilot in 2017 and since has been collecting data to evaluate and monitor the success of the FEM Standards. Current data suggest the great benefit of competency-based education in preparing Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), indicated by the number of programs that have applied to become a Future Education Model Graduate (FG) demonstration program, the pass rate on the registration exam for these programs, and the many benefits reported by faculty and students. This underlines the value of elevating the education of the RDN to the graduate level. Over the past four years, there have been few applications for the Future Bachelor’s (FB) Demonstration Program (<10% of total FEM applications) with less than 2% of total FEM students enrolled, suggesting limited support for a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered program at the bachelor’s level; therefore, on March 8, 2021, the ACEND Board voted to discontinue the FB demonstration program. Discontinuation of the FB demonstration program was not a desired outcome; however, ACEND is committed to a thorough and honest evaluation of its FEM Standards and programs. ACEND will continue to accredit Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPDs) as the undergraduate nutrition and dietetics degree and will assist all FB programs (accredited and in process) that want to transition to the DPD Standards. Furthermore, ACEND will continue to accept applications for FG programs in future cohorts of FEM demonstration program.

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Reminders and Deadlines


Cohort 6 Applications for Demonstration Programs under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards-Due December 6, 2021

The ACEND® Board has issued the call for applications for those interested in being part of cohort 6 demonstration programs under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. Applications for Future Graduate and Future Associate's degree programs are due December 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. (Central time).

A webinar series that presents an overview of the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards and the Accreditation review process is available.

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