Call for 3rd Party Comment for Programs Up for Review

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The mission of the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) is to advance excellence in midwifery education.

The overall accreditation process, as defined and used by ACME, is a periodic review by which a midwifery education program that offers midwifery education is recognized as possessing the organizational characteristics, the professional orientation, and the resources necessary to provide an educational experience of high quality for its students to become competent, safe midwives. Within this framework, the program conducts a self- evaluation study that analyzes its activities in relation to its stated philosophy, purpose, and outcomes/objectives and in relation to the standards and criteria established by ACME; hosts a site visit from ACME; and is reviewed by the ACME Board of Review (BOR) for determination on granting pre/accreditation status. The education program uses the results of this process to maintain or improve program performance. The accreditation process is a voluntary quality assurance activity conducted by both the education institution and ACME that combines self-assessment and peer evaluation.

Call for 3rd Party Comment for Programs Up for Review
In accordance with ACME Policies and Procedures Manual, and the US Department of Education’s requirements, ACME is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of the following listed midwifery programs. These programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation at the ACME Board of Review (BOR) meetings. Upon request, comments will be considered confidential. Your comments will be included with the materials submitted by the program for review by the Board of Review. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of a program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation or Pre-accreditation. These documents may be found at http://www.midwife.org/ACME-Documents. In addition, please note that in May 2019 ACME Board of Commissioners published new criteria. Midwifery programs have one year to come into compliance and those programs who are up for review or site visits during this time frame have the option to choose between the previously published criteria and the new criteria.

After May 2020, all programs will need to use the new criteria for the self-evaluation report (SER)and pre-accreditation report (PAR). If you have questions as to which document to cite, please contact, Heather Maurer, [email protected].  Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments. All written comments should be sent to the attention of Heather L. Maurer, ACME executive director, [email protected], or mailed to ACME, 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910. For details about each of these programs and the degrees they offer, please visit https://portal.midwife.org/education/accredited-programs.

2019 ACME Site Visit Schedule
In the Fall of 2019, ACME will conduct two site visits as part of our peer review process.

Fall 2019
Georgia College, School of Nursing – November 4-6, 2019
Yale University, College of Nursing – November 13-15, 2019

Deadline for Comment: November 1, 2019

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