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January 2017                                                                                                 Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our videos on YouTube   View our profile on LinkedIn   Visit our blog

Greetings CAAHEP Commissioner,

Happy New Year!

We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season! As you begin to set up your 2017 calendar, please be sure to include the 2017 CAAHEP Annual Meeting dates, April 23-24, in Atlanta, Georgia. (see related article below)

The 2015-16 Annual Report has been posted to the CAAHEP website. This year, the Annual Report celebrates the "Faces of CAAHEP." 

CAAHEP's Board and staff have been busy preparing for the January Board Meeting and annual Leadership Conference, set for January 20-21 in Tampa. At the Board Meeting, each of the Liaisons to the Committees on Accreditation will be sharing news from each profession, so watch for the next For Commissioners Only newsletter for an update.

2017 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Announced
The 2017 CAAHEP Annual Meeting will be held April 23-24, 2017, at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting's theme is "Quality Improvement vs. Quality Assurance: Can we be both Counselors and Cops?" 
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Judith Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States and is the organization that recognizes CAAHEP. A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities.
Please plan to join us in Atlanta!

Welcome New Commissioners
Please join us in welcoming the following new CAAHEP Commissioners:
  • Suzan F. Bowman, Commissioner for the  United States Department of Defense
  • Christopher Kramer, RDCS, FASECommissioner for the American Society of Echocardiography 
  • John Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP(D), Commissioner for the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Joel Porquez, BS, RST, RPSGT, CCSH, Commissioner for the American Association of Sleep Technologists 
If there have been changes in your Sponsoring Organization's CAAHEP Commissioner, or changes in email addresses, please contact me so that we are sure to have the correct information.

Standards Activity
During the January meeting, Open Hearings will be held for the following two sets of Standards, and the proposed Standards are posted on the CAAHEP website for review. 
  • Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Clinical Research
  • Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Recreational Therapy
December was a "record month" of sorts for the Standards Committee. There were five sets of Standards posted for public comments. 
  • Exercise Sciences;
  • Exercise Physiology;
  • Medical Scribe Specialist;
  • As well as the two noted above.
The Standards Committee has become one of the most active Committees within CAAHEP. We recognize with gratitude the volunteers who serve on that Committee: Jennifer Anderson Warwick, Chair; Kate Feinstein, Jeffrey Hill, Kathryn Kuntz, M. LaCheeta McPherson, Keith Orloff, and Jennifer O'Sullivan Maillet.
If you have any concerns, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to share them with me. I look forward to hearing from you.  


Kathleen Megivern, JD
Executive Directo r