Latest Updates from ACEND


ACEND® Board Freezes the 2021-2022 Program Annual Accreditation Fee

To assist programs and their institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, at its February 8, 2021 meeting, the ACEND® Board voted to retain the 2020-2021 fee amount and not increase the 2021-2022 annual accreditation fee for all ACEND®-accredited programs. The annual accreditation fee will remain at $2,125.00, the same amount charged in 2020-2021. To review the annual accreditation fees, access the Fee Schedule (Effective June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2024).

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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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Invitation from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors

The Bridging the Boardroom and Classroom program is open to all nutrition and dietetics education programs. Members of the Academy Board of Directors are available to virtually join nutrition and dietetics education program classrooms or student group meetings, such as student dietetic association meetings, to present an update on Academy activities and initiatives relevant to students. The presentation will inform students of the benefits of Academy membership and activities within the Academy and the Foundation, featuring scholarship and grant opportunities and programs for students. Please see the letter and request form for more information Contact Dante Turner at dturner@eatright.org if you have any questions.

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ACEND® Webinar Series on the Future Education Model Standards Available for Purchase

This webinar series was developed by ACEND® to guide program directors and faculty to successfully participate in the ACEND® accreditation process using the Future Education Model accreditation standards. The series includes 10 modules which include an overview of the FEM ACEND® Accreditation Standards (Standards 1-9), competency-based education and the accreditation review process.

By completing the webinar series, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of accreditation to stakeholders.
  • Analyze your program to determine compliance with the FEM ACEND® Accreditation Standards.
  • Prepare a self-study report using the ACEND® FEM templates.
  • Identify the steps and requirements to host and effectively participate in the site visit process.

This webinar series consists of ten webinars and a quiz and provides 8 CPEUs. Obtain more information about this webinar series.

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Dietetics Preceptor Training Program (8 CPEUs) Is Now Available

On December 16, 2020, the Dietetics Preceptor Training Program Modules (8.0 CPEUs) were removed from CDR's Online Campus platform and were no longer available for access by preceptors. In an effort to continue to provide this valuable training, ACEND® has completed the migration of the modules to a new online platform. The program is a replication of the previous training provided on CDR's website and will continue to offer 8.0 complimentary CPEUs for preceptors who complete the entire training. For more information and to access the preceptor training modules.

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Helpful Features for Program Directors on New ACEND Portal

Now that program directors have all used the new ACEND® Portal to complete the 2020 Annual Report, ACEND® recommends that program directors explore the other features of the Portal. These can be found under "Actions" and "Download Templates" and include:

  • Access DocuWare to upload reports: Click "Upload Reports to DocuWare" to access the DocuWare upload form. DocuWare is ACEND®'s report upload system used by programs to submit substantive changes, interim reports, self-study reports, site visit report responses and other documents.
  • Change names and contact information for institution administrators: The "Manage Administrator Contacts" section allows program directors to update administrator names and contact information when there is a personnel change within their institution.
  • Access to open invoices due to ACEND®: Click "Pay Open Invoices" to check for invoices from ACEND® on our payment system. The payment system will list open invoices or note that there are no open invoices for the program.
  • Download Summary Data from the Annual Report: The "Download an Annual Report Submission Summary" allows program directors to access annual report data starting with the 2020 annual report. Please note that some fields will not automatically populate. ACEND® recommends downloading this summary prior to completing your annual report to input this data.
  • Auto-populated report templates: On the main tile, under the heading "Download Templates", program directors can download the required Substantive Change Cover Page template and the optional Interim and Progress Report Cover Page Template. Program information, like program name and type, will auto-populate into these templates when downloaded from the portal.

Log in to the portal to try out these features. Contact your ACEND® manager if you have any questions.

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Options for Free-Standing DIs Discussed at November Town Hall

ACEND® hosted and recorded a topic-specific Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday November 10, 2020. Program options for free-standing dietetic internships were discussed regarding the 2024 CDR graduate degree eligibility requirement, the proposed 2022 ACEND® Accreditation Standards and the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. Access the recording and the slides in the Town Hall meeting minutes.

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ACEND® Board Waives the Substantive Program Change Fee to Add a Graduate Degree

At its October 12, 2020 meeting, the board of the ACEND® voted to waive the program change fee for all ACEND®-accredited programs applying to add a graduate degree to a program accredited at the baccalaureate level or accredited as a non-degree option (e.g., Dietetic Internships).

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ACEND Board Ends Moratorium on New Didactic Programs in Dietetics

At its September 14, 2020 meeting, the Board of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics voted to end the moratorium on new Didactic Programs in Dietetics.. Learn more about applying for Candidacy for Accreditation for a Didactic Program in Dietetics and to obtain an Eligibility Application. The ACEND® Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Dietetics are located here: 2017 Accreditation Standards. For more information contact ACEND® staff at acend@eatright.org.

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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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Cohort 5 Future Education Model Demonstration Program Applications Due May 3, 2021

Due to Covid-19, the ACEND Standards Committee has issued a second call for applications for those interested in being part of cohort 5 demonstration programs under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. Applications for cohort 5 are due May 3, 2021 at 11 am CT. Application forms and a webinar detailing the application process are posted. A webinar series that presents an overview of the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards and the Accreditation review process will be available in February 2021.

ACEND® is no longer accepting applications for the Future Education Model Bachelor's Degree Programs, if your program has started an application or was interested in a Future Education Model Bachelor's Degree Program, please contact ACEND at futuremodel@eatright.org.

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Reminder to Notify Prospective Students and Interns of CDR's Master's Degree Requirement

All ACEND® accredited programs for registered dietitian nutritionists must post language on their websites notifying prospective students or interns about the Commission on Dietetic Registration's requirement for a minimum of a master's degree to take the credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists beginning in 2024. ACEND® will require all programs to submit to ACEND® a link to where this information can be found on the programs' websites. Program directors will be notified of the procedure for submitting this information in September 2020.

"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."

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