Representative of Students
The interests of students in the accreditation of health science education programs are represented in the governance of CAAHEP by a Recent Graduate of a CAAHEP-accredited program. "Recent graduate" is someone who has graduated
no more than three years prior
to being elected.
Besides being a graduate of a CAAHEP accredited program within the last three years, the Recent Graduate Commissioner must be currently working in the health science field for which he/she was trained. The candidate must also demonstrate active involvement in
his/her health science field.
The Recent Graduate attends all Board of Directors meetings (either by conference call or face-to-face meetings) and helps to monitor accreditation actions with particular attention to due process. Each April, he/she will attend the Annual Meeting of Commissioners, and, p
articipates in the business meeting of the Commission, which includes such activities as electing the CAAHEP Board Members, amending CAAHEP Bylaws, changing CAAHEP mission and vision statements, approving new organizations for membership, and recognizing health science disciplines.
The Recent Graduate also brings to the attention of the Commission educational concerns that impact on the accreditation of academic programs, especially concerns of students and alumni. There is also an opportunity to participate as an observer in a CAAHEP accreditation site visit. The Recent Graduate will address the Commission at the Annual Business Meeting on a topic of her/his choice.
The Recent Graduate Commissioner serves a three-year term, and he/she is eligible for re-election. The term begins July 1.
Expenses incurred by the Recent Graduate Commissioner in attending the CAAHEP Annual Meeting and any face-to-face Board meetings will be paid by CAAHEP.