Global Health Nexus, Summer 2003

Just Around the Corner: Accreditation 2003

NYU Dentistry is deep into preparations for the upcoming site visit by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, scheduled for November 4 to 6, 2003. Like all U.S. dental schools, NYU Dentistry undergoes an extensive on-site survey of its facilities and programs every seven years in order to be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Since the site visitors will examine every aspect of our education and patient care programs, the main thrust of preparation for the past several years has been conducting a required self-study. Under the leadership of Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs Richard I. Vogel, teams of faculty and administrators have carefully reviewed every aspect of the College’s operation, and a final document will be submitted this summer.

During the visit, a committee from the ADA council will meet with subgroups of faculty, students, and staff. To help ensure that the NYU Dentistry community will be fully prepared to answer questions and provide input, Dean Alfano hosted a full-day faculty retreat at the College on May 5, 2003. The event featured a talk by Dr. Frank Licari, a former Director of the Dental Education Staff for the Commission on Accreditation and the Associate Dean for Patient Care and Clinical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle.

“The dedication and effort necessary to achieve reaccreditation are substantial,” said Dean Alfano. Everyone has a vital role to play in articulating the College’s mission, vision, and values to the site visitors. The fact that nearly 500 members of our community elected to participate in the retreat assures me that the site visit’s success is the highest priority for our College.”