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Honoring Bill Goding
It is with deep regret that we share the news that William Goding passed away unexpec tedly on January 11, 2016. Bill was a long time volunteer of CAAHEP, serving as Chair of the CAAHEP Standards Committee for more than 10 years. He was the former Executive Director of t he Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA-PSG), and served as  current Director of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). In addition, Bill was a consultant for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA-EMSP). He was always willing to share his expertise, whether it was guiding a new CoA through the Standards process, sharing best practices  at a CoA or Leadership Meeting, or assisting in remembering the rationale behind some policy or template language change. The institutional knowledge that Bill brought to the table was unparalleled and will never be matched.

To honor Bill's memory, at its January meeting, the CAAHEP Board of Directors approved  renaming he CAAHEP Award for Exceptional Service to the William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service. Bill was the 2002 recipient of the CAAHEP Award for Exceptional Service. He was truly one of a kind, and his loss will be felt throughout our organization for years to come. 

Nominations Open for the William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service
The William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service is the highest honor awarded by CAAHEP. It is reserved for those who are or have been Commissioners. It recognizes an individual who has served the Commission in word and deed, i.e., has spoken with conviction about the work of the Commission, advanced its purposes, and actively participated in the Commission's activities at a high level for a sustained period of time. The recipient is someone who is respected by other Commissioners, but is not currently a Board member.

The criteria for the award are as follows:
  • Advancing CAAHEP's mission and goals
  • Assuming leadership responsibilities within CAAHEP (e.g., chairing committees and task forces, serving as an officer, assuming responsibility for CAAHEP special programs, etc.)
  • Exhibiting notable participation in one or more CAAHEP activities and/or programs
  • Advancing ideas and/or new strategies to benefit the organization
Nomination Process:
Any Commissioner may nominate someone to be considered for this award. The nomination will be written and will address each of the criteria outlined above. Nominations may include letters of support, but they are not required. Written nominations are due to Kathleen Megivern by March 1, 2016 (email: or by mail to: CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756).

Update on CAAHEP's Efforts to Address CHEA's Outcomes Mandate
As part of CAAHEP's recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation ( CHEA), we must assure that all accredited programs are publishing appropriate outcomes for the programs in a readily accessible place, preferably on each program's website. Each of the Committees on Accreditation has created a policy on what outcomes are to be reported, and the policies have been shared with every program.

The next step in meeting this mandate is to collect each program's website URL (web address) where the outcomes are published and include this web address in the CAAHEP database. When potential students search for accredited programs through the CAAHEP website, the link to each program's outcomes will appear in the search results, helping the potential student to make informed decision on his or her education. CAAHEP has spent much of December and January collecting this information from our accredited programs in hopes of meeting CHEA's mandate by CAAHEP's March 1st reporting deadline.

Watch for Registration Information for the 2016 Annual Meeting 
Memphis, Tennessee, the town best known for history, blues, and bar-be-cue, is the sight of the 2016 Annual CAAHEP Meeting  on April 10 and 11. Plan on joining other CAAHEP Commissioners to learn about Implementing a Strategy to Reach Our "20/20"Vision.  The preliminary agenda includes sessions on CAAHEP's activities over the past year, most especially progress on the new Strategic Plan, a Federal Update report, the annual spotlight on professions, an important presentation on Competency Based Education, hot topic breakfast round-table discussions, and much more. The Annual Meeting of the Commissioners, where Commissioners vote on numerous items, will take place on Monday, April 11th, and will be followed by the CAAHEP Awards Luncheon. The Westin Memphis Beale Street is the ideal location for the meeting, as it is in the heart of Memphis near restaurants, historic attractions, great music, and shopping. Watch for registration information and complete meeting details being sent to all Commissioners in the next few weeks. Be sure this meeting is on your calendar - you won't want to miss it!

Welcome New Commissioners
Please join us in welcoming the following new CAAHEP Commissioners:
  • Jim, Kelly, MDCommissioner for the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA)
  • Erna Boone, Dr. P.H., RRT, FAARC, Commissioner for the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBRTE)

If you have any concerns, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to share them with me. I look forward to seeing you in Memphis this April. 


Kathleen Megivern, JD
Executive Directo r