Latest Updates from ACEND

Free Pre-FNCE® Workshop for Preceptors

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics in collaboration with The Pennsylvania State University Future Graduate Program invites preceptors to a free Pre-Conference Workshop at FNCE® 2019.

The Role of Preceptors in the Future Education Model: Preceptors are Coaches in Competency-Based Education Programs

Preceptors' roles will be changing and the emphasis on assessment and competency-based education will affect how preceptors interact with and evaluate students. This program is designed to provide preceptors with an overview of the Future Education Model, their role in the process, and the competency-based, integrative approach to educating future nutrition and dietetics professionals. A sample of a participatory approach to creating a program based, preceptor-student-instructor collaboration will be presented. All preceptors are welcome, but space is limited; applying for 2 hours (Level 1) CPE credits for attendance.

Workshop Information

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 1 - 3 p.m. (Eastern time)
Location: Marriot, Grand Ballroom Salon F in Philadelphia, Pa.
Cost: Free (space is limited)

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Integrated Experiential Learning in Nutrition and Dietetics – Definition

Integrated experiential learning in nutrition and dietetics is a curriculum design model whereby didactic coursework is combined with experiential learning in real-world and simulated settings. The curriculum is designed so that the learning that takes place within the classroom is then applied in a setting that is overseen by a preceptor. The key element in experiential learning is that the entire didactic learning does not come first within the program, followed entirely by experiential learning, but that both components are woven together throughout the educational program.

For example, during an introduction to a community nutrition course, students might learn about low literacy in the classroom (didactic) followed by developing a low literacy brochure as a course assignment (experiential learning) and later evaluating the effectiveness of the brochure in a community setting such as the local food pantry (experiential learning).

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Nominate a Nutrition and Dietetics Student Representative for the ACEND® Board

Do you know any student members in the Academy with strong leadership skills who will be enrolled in an ACEND®-accredited program during the 2020-2021 academic year? If so, consider nominating them for student representative to the ACEND® Board. Student representatives serve a two-year term in which they actively participate in two face-to-face ACEND® Board meetings and ten conference calls per year. They are appointed to ACEND® committees and participate in the Academy's Student Council Advisory Committee. The ACEND® student representative must be enrolled in an ACEND® accredited program for at least the first two face-to-face meetings (July 2020 and January 2021). ACEND® business related expenses incurred while serving as a Student Representative member are reimbursed by ACEND®.

The student's application must include the nomination form, a letter of interest, student's resume and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or program director in one PDF document submitted to no later than November 1, 2019.

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Cohort 4 Applications for Demonstration Programs Under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards Due December 2, 2019

The ACEND® Board has issued the call for applications for those interested in being part of cohort 4 demonstration programs under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. Applications for cohort 4 are due December 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. (Central time).

A workshop for those interested in learning more about the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards will be held in Chicago on August 15-16, 2019.

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Reminder: Virtual Town Hall Meeting July 9, 2019

The next Virtual Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 9 from 11 - noon (Central time). The topic will address submitting a Future Education Model application in December 2019 for Cohort 4.

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New ACEND® Tool for Faculty & Preceptor Training

ACEND® has created a narrated Power Point reviewing key topics of interest for faculty and preceptors of ACEND-accredited programs. These slides are intended as a supplement to the orientation and on-going training that a program provides to faculty and preceptors in order to be in compliance with Required Element 7.3. Programs will still need to provide training on the program's mission, goals, objectives and educational philosophy, as well as training for preceptors about program-specific rotation descriptions and intern evaluations, to be fully compliant with Required Element 7.3. ACEND® has also provided a one-page document of directions that will help guide program directors on how to use this tool.

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2019 Compliance Audit on the 2017 Accreditation Standards – Due September 20, 2019

ACEND will be conducting a review of each program’s mission, goals and objectives for the 2019 compliance audit. The ACEND Board is asking all programs to demonstrate compliance with Standard 3, Required Elements 3.1-3.3, of the 2017 Accreditation Standards. To do this each program must submit their Program Evaluation Plan and an active link to where the mission, goals and objectives and the statement that program outcomes data are available on request are located for prospective students/interns and the public on the program’s website. All programs were to have made any revisions needed to comply with changes to the Standards by July 1, 2018. To view a webinar for program directors on how to develop program mission, goals and objectives click on this link: Developing a Program Mission- Goals-and-Objectives You can view the checklist that ACEND staff will use to conduct the audit.

To comply with the audit, the ACEND Board requests that programs submit the following to ACEND at no later than Friday, September 20, 2019.

  • The most recently reviewed Program Evaluation Plan (Standard 4, Required Element 4.1)
  • Link(s) to their website showing where the mission, goals, objectives and outcomes statement can be located (Standard 9, Required Elements 9.3.b and 9.3.c)

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Program Director Webinars – How to Develop Mission, Goals and Objectives and a Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan

ACEND® staff have developed webinars to train program directors on the following 2017 ACEND® Accreditation Standards:

  • How to develop the program's mission, goals and objectives (Standard 3)
  • How to develop the program's Program Evaluation Plan and Continuous Program Improvement Plan (Standard 4)
  • How to develop the program's Student Learning Assessment Plan (Standard 6)

View the webinars.

Please review the webinars to help further your knowledge on ACEND® 2017 Accreditation Standards 3, 4 and 6. Do not hesitate to contact your ACEND® staff manager if you have any questions.

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