The AVMA Council on Education (COE), the accrediting body for veterinary medical colleges, achieved an important milestone on June 24.
The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) is a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Education. The NACIQI recommendation is a component of the USDE recognition cycle, with a petition for re-recognition submitted by the COE every five years. The COE’s last 5-year recognition was granted in 2007; at the 2012 scheduled review, the USDE staff identified compliance issues and subsequently provided extensions of recognition pending appropriate responses from the COE. The USDE Staff Report provided to the NACIQI for consideration during its June 22-24 meeting states that the previously identified issues have been satisfactorily resolved, and recommends continuation of the COE’s recognition through the end of this 5-year cycle (late 2017). Following testimony from veterinarians regarding the COE and accreditation, members of the NACIQI decided to support the staff report, recommending that the Secretary of Education continue the COE’s recognition. The Senior Department Official will make the final decision regarding recognition; this decision will be made within 90 days of the meeting.
This is great news for the hard-working members of the COE, who have diligently listened to criticisms and responded where appropriate with new policies and procedures to further reduce the potential for conflicts of interest between the COE and AVMA leadership.
Members of the COE will be present at the AVMA Convention to provide a brief update and hold a listening session on August 7, 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Crockett CD at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Please join them for more information and to provide your input. The session will be recorded, and a transcript will be posted on the AVMA@Work blog.