Latest Updates from ACEND


Substantive Change Deadlines to Add a Graduate Degree and Entering Graduates in REPS after January 1, 2024

Undergraduate Coordinated Programs and Dietetic Internships wishing to add a graduate degree are highly encouraged to submit their substantive change request for adding a graduate degree to ACEND® by December 31, 2022 to allow for the ACEND® Board to approve the change prior to the deadline. Programs will need to work with their institutional review process to ensure that they have adequate time to implement curriculum changes and include it in recruitment materials and admission processes.

To protect students and meet ACEND® requirements, all students/interns completing CP/DI program requirements after December 31, 2023 must have a graduate degree. Programs that are unable to meet this deadline will be reviewed by the ACEND® Board for potential action and are required to establish mechanisms, such as temporary affiliation with an academic institution, to ensure this requirement is met. ACEND® has developed a Substantive Change-Adding a Graduate Degree Template to assist with providing the necessary documentation needed for adding a graduate degree.

Entering Graduates in REPS After January 1, 2024

After January 1 ,2024, DI Program Directors cannot enter a graduate from the DI Program into the CDR Registration Eligibility Process System (REPS) until the graduate has met all exam eligibility requirements (graduate degree, didactic, and supervised practice). CDR will not keep track of a graduate in REPS until the graduate has obtained the graduate degree. If a graduate completes a DI, and does not have a graduate degree, the graduate of the program must contact and inform the Program Director when they have completed the graduate degree requirement, and provide documentation of the conferred graduate degree to the Program Director.

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Training Opportunities

Interprofessional Collaboration Workshop Recordings: Exploring the Role of Health Professional Students and Trainees as Members of the Health Workforce

The planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has organized a series of public workshops to explore whether students and trainees (e.g., interns) should be viewed as members of the health workforce, particularly in times of emergency as was experienced during the COVID-19 public health crisis. This excellent, six-part workshop, series brings together educators, students, administrators, and health professionals to share ideas, experiences, and data in an effort to discuss the role of learners during a crisis by drawing upon past experiences.

2021 FNCE Collection: Nutrition in Higher Education Session Bundle Now Available

Nutrition education is constantly evolving. Stay up-to-date with the latest innovations in nutrition education with these exciting FNCE® 2021 sessions. The Academy has bundled the 5 sessions from this year’s FNCE® below and offering them at a reduced price of $90 for Academy members! Listen to all 5 to obtain 5.0 CPEUs.

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Board Votes to Accept FEM Demonstration Program Eligibility Applications on a Rolling Basis

Previously, ACEND® accepted applications from organizations interested in sponsoring a nutrition and dietetics program that would be accredited under the ACEND® Future Education Model (FEM) Accreditation Standards in cohorts only, with a set deadline in the month of December every year. At its October 2021 meeting, the ACEND Board voted to accept FEM eligibility applications from programs for review on a rolling basis instead of in cohorts. Programs are invited to submit Eligibility Applications for Future Education Model Demonstration Programs at any time throughout the year. This decision is intended to provide programs with added flexibility.

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

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April and November 2021 Computer Match Results

Every spring and fall, graduates of didactic programs in nutrition and dietetics (DPD) participate in a computerized match process run by D&D Digital for placement in a nutrition and dietetic internship (DI) program. The combined results of the first round of the April and November 2021 computer match and a comparison with the previous years are shown below. These numbers do not include applicants who matched during the second round. For the first time, the number of dietetic internship openings exceeded the number of applicants. Even though there were an adequate number of internship positions available to applicants, 1,181 applicants did not match and 1275 internship positions were not filled during the first round of the match in 2021.

A table of the computer matching from April to November 2021.

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Substantive Change Deadlines to Add a Graduate Degree and Entering Graduates in REPS after January 1, 2024

Undergraduate Coordinated Programs and Dietetic Internships wishing to add a graduate degree are highly encouraged to submit their substantive change request for adding a graduate degree to ACEND® by December 31, 2022 to allow for the ACEND® Board to approve the change prior to the deadline. Programs will need to work with their institutional review process to ensure that they have adequate time to implement curriculum changes and include it in recruitment materials and admission processes.

To protect students and meet ACEND® requirements, all students/interns completing CP/DI program requirements after December 31, 2023 must have a graduate degree. Programs that are unable to meet this deadline will be reviewed by the ACEND® Board for potential action and are required to establish mechanisms, such as temporary affiliation with an academic institution, to ensure this requirement is met.

Entering graduates in REPS after January 1, 2024

After January 1 ,2024, DI Program Directors cannot enter a graduate from the DI Program into the CDR Registration Eligibility Process System (REPS) until the graduate has met all exam eligibility requirements (graduate degree, didactic, and supervised practice). CDR will not keep track of a graduate in REPS until the graduate has obtained the graduate degree. If a graduate completes a DI, and does not have a graduate degree, the graduate of the program must contact and inform the Program Director when they have completed the graduate degree requirement, and provide documentation of the conferred graduate degree to the Program Director.

For more information please visit the CDR website for the REPS Program Director Guide and REPS Frequently Asked Questions.

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Revisions to ACEND’s FEM Website Pages

ACEND® recently updated Future Education Model (FEM) website pages to make the information easier to access. You will now find the original and reformatted FEM Standards and Templates directly from the ACEND® homepage under "Accreditation Standards, Fees and Policies." The FEM application and rationale document webpage is also available directly from the ACEND® homepage located under the heading "Accreditation Process."

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2017 to 2022 Standards Transition Plan

At its recent meeting, the ACEND® Board voted to use a transition plan to support programs under review as they move to the 2022 Accreditation Standards. The transition plan describes allowances that can be used when a program is reviewed under the 2017 standards and needs to revise documents to come into compliance. The allowances are designed to help programs move to the 2022 Standards. The transition plan can be found under "Guidance Information" on the 2022 Standards and Templates page. Directors of programs under review may contact the ACEND® manager assigned to the review for any questions regarding the use of the transition plan.

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CDR Competency Builder Resource

The Commission on Dietetic Registration has implemented Competency Plan Builder – a new, user-friendly, quick-click digital tool to replace Goal Wizard (and Dream Wizard).

To support ACEND CRDN 2.13: Prepare a plan for professional development according to Commission on Dietetic Registration guidelines… Students and Educators are referred to the Essential Practice Competencies Information For Students Page where students can watch a 6-minute tutorial on the new Competency Plan Builder, review the New Essential Practice Competencies, and select Spheres and Competencies to create a preliminary plan after successfully completing the Entry Level Examination. Please contact cdr@eatright.org for questions about this resource.

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CDR Approves ACEND's Request for Processing Candidates Verified by December 31, 2023 for Registration Eligibility

During its August 6, 2021 meeting, the Commission on Dietetic Registration approved ACEND®'s request that fall term graduates who have completed their baccalaureate degrees, DPD and supervised practice requirements by or before December 31, 2023 be processed for registration eligibility, even though CDR may not receive a final, official transcript until January 2024.

Graduates of ACEND® accredited supervised practice programs who want to become exam eligible with a bachelor's degree must be submitted to CDR by the program director by midnight Central time on December 31, 2023. CDR staff will process candidate class submissions received between December 23 and December 31, 2023, from January 2 through January 5, 2024.

  • If a final academic transcript for a December 2023 graduate is delayed until 2024, the program director should make arrangements with their university's registrar to obtain an original letter confirming the candidate's degree and 2023 conferral date.
  • If confirmation of degree completion which was achieved in 2023 cannot be obtained until 2024, program directors should email cdrexams@eatright.org requesting consideration of these circumstances and attach documentation confirming exam eligibility requirements were met in 2023.

CDR registration eligibility management staff will review candidate applications submitted after January 1, 2024 to verify degree requirements were met in 2023. Once all requirements have been verified as completed in 2023, the candidate(s) will be processed for registration eligibility even if the final transcript or letter from the registrar indicates a 2024 conferred degree date. For questions contact CDR at CDR@eatright.org.

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2022 ACEND Accreditation Standards Released

The ACEND® Board has released the 2022 Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Programs (CP), Didactic Programs (DPD), Internship Programs (DI), Technician Programs (DT) and Foreign Dietitian Education programs. New with the 2022 Standards, International Programs seeking ACEND accreditation for programs leading to graduates' eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration's credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists will follow the CP standards. The ACEND® Board appreciates the feedback and thoughtful comments received during the public comment periods.

The 2022 Standards will go into effect for eligibility applications for new programs seeking candidacy accreditation on September 1, 2021 and for existing accredited nutrition and dietetics programs on June 1, 2022.

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ACEND Decision Calendars

The ACEND® Board will follow a streamlined decision calendar for program accreditation decisions. These decisions include those after an accreditation site visit, certain substantive change submissions and reorganization reports.

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Reminders and Deadlines


 


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 ACEND@eatright.org by Friday, January 14, 2022. 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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