Latest Updates from ACEND

Revisions to ACEND®'s Program Closure Policy and Teach-out Plan Requirements

The ACEND® Board recently updated policy 4.3.B Substantive Program Changes, Program Closure. The policy now requires that programs planning to close include the summarized information below in the Teach-out Plan submitted to ACEND®. To view the complete requirements see Section 4.3, pages 66-67, of the ACEND® Policy and Procedure Manual:

  • How prospective and enrolled student/interns will be informed of the program's closing and any implications of the closure.
  • The program must make reasonable best efforts to ensure prospective and enrolled students/interns receive and acknowledge receipt of the information about the program's closure and its implications.
  • How program stakeholders, including faculty, preceptors, academic advisors (including advisors of transfer students), affiliated community colleges and advisory board, as applicable are informed of the program's closure and its implications.

Additionally, the board will now require programs to submit an update at least annually on its closing plan discussing its resources and remaining students/interns progression through the program. The program's closing plan must be submitted on the Teach-Out Plan Template. The Template can be found on the ACEND® website here: Teach-Out Plan Template. Contact the manager assigned to your program if you have any questions about the requirements for closing an ACEND® accredited program.

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Revisions to the Guidelines for Requesting Substantive Changes

The document, Guidelines for Requesting Substantive Changes, was updated in December 2018 to include changes applicable to all program types under the 2017 or FEM Accreditation Standards. Instructions for adding an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) can now be found in the substantive change guidelines. Dietetic Internships that wish to add a pre-select option will find the guidance under"Changes to Program Options and Start Dates." The Substantive Program Change Guidelines, Substantive Program Change Cover Page, Program Director Change Template and Enrollment Increase Report can be found here.

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ACEND® Portal Closing January 31, 2019

In an effort to streamline ACEND®'s communication and available resources for programs, we will be removing the ACEND® Portal at the end of January 2019. ACEND® has been monitoring activity on the ACEND® Portal and usage of the portal and its features has declined in the past several years. All of the resources currently available in the ACEND® Portal library are available on the ACEND® website. The Verification Statements are available in the REPS system provided by CDR and can be accessed there at any time. If you need any documents after Friday, January 25, 2019, that are not available on the ACEND® website, you can request them via email ACEND@eatright.org.


New Definition for "Readily Available" (Standard 9, RE 9.3)

Based on feedback received and data collected through the website audit, the ACEND® Board has revised its definition of readily available to "when information can be accessed by the public without disclosure of identity or contact information and is no more than three 'clicks' away from the program's home webpage." It is not a requirement to include the student handbook on the program website. However, if the program references the handbook for any information required on the website, a direct link to the handbook must be included.

Additionally, there are no materials due to ACEND® in January 2019 to demonstrate compliance with the 2017 Accreditation Standards. Please contact your ACEND manager if you have questions about program specific reports.

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ACEND® Policy Updates

The ACEND® Board recently updated policy 6.6 Enrollment Monitoring for ACEND Accredited Programs.

A Supervised Practice or FEM Program (DT, CP, DI, FDE, IDE, DPD with ISPP, FG, FB and FA) wishing to increase its maximum enrollment by 3 students/interns or 10%, whichever is greater, in one year will be required to submit an enrollment increase report. The report would consist of current enrollment, proposed enrollment and resources to support an increase in enrollment. If a program is requesting to increase enrollment beyond three interns or 10% (whichever is greater) or requesting to increase enrollment by 20% or greater over two years, the program must submit a Substantive Program Change request.

A Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) wishing to increase its maximum enrollment by any amount is required to submit a Substantive Program Change request. In the Substantive Program Change request, the DPD must explain how it will assure that all additional graduates who receive a verification statement will obtain positions in supervised practice programs. The ACEND Policy and Procedure Manual, Enrollment Increase Report template and Major Program Change template can be found here.

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Annual Accreditation Fee due March 1, 2019

In October, program directors received an email with a unique link to the ACEND® Quick Pay online system to access their January 1, 2019-December 31, 2019 annual fee invoice and either make an online payment or print the invoice and mail in a check for payment. The annual fee covers costs associated with accreditation activities, program support, communications, staffing and office expenses. The $2,025 fee will be due March 1, 2019. Payments received after the due date will incur a 10% late fee and the initiation of the Administrative Notification process. Email acend@eatright.org if you did not receive the email or have questions about the annual fee.

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Future Education Model (FEM) Announcements

Minor Revisions – Call for Comments: The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is proposing minor revisions to the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards.

Public comments on the proposed revisions to the Standards can be made at www.surveymonkey.com/r/RevisedFEM until January 7, 2019. We encourage you to provide your input. Please share this information with your constituents/colleagues. If you or they have questions, please send them to acend@eatright.org or call 312-899-4872, so we can respond to them.

Cohort 3 applications: ACEND® has issued a call for demonstration program applications for the third cohort of programs interested in being accredited under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. Cohort 3 applications are due 11:00 am Central Time Friday, January 11, 2019. For more information see here.

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