Institutional Officer's Program and Program Directors Data Form for Accreditation Site Visit: The dean is asked to complete and return this form to the Commission identifying the personnel who should receive correspondence at various points prior to the site visit.
The Commission has moved to an electronic document storage system. It is now required that all self-studies and related materials submitted to program reviewers and to the Commission be provided both as paper copies and electronically. Please refer to the Electronic Submission Guidelines (PDF).
Accreditation Standards: The standards are updated and/or revised periodically; therefore it is the responsibility of the institution/program to make sure they are using the most recent version of the standards when completing the self-study document.
Site Visitor Evaluation Reports (SVERs): The SVER is the actual form that the site visitors use to evaluate the program while on-site.
Frequency of Citings: The frequency of citings report for each discipline/program is included to provide the dean, program administrators and faculty with information related to the frequent areas of non-compliance with current Standards cited by visiting committees of the Commission.
You may download Accreditation Standards, Site Visitor Evaluation Reports (SVERs), Self Study Guides and Frequency of Citings for each discipline here:
Advanced Dental Education
Allied Dental Education
Evaluation & Operational Policies and Procedures (EOPP) is a compilation of the Commission's current policies and procedures. Because policies and procedures are revised periodically, the institution/program must download the most current version after each Commission meeting throughout the site visit process.
Silent Observer Opportunity: In response to concerns expressed by varied communities, the Commission permits silent observers to attend and observe predoctoral accreditation site visits. This opportunity was established in 1992 and is intended to assist dental schools with the Commission’s site visit process in preparing more effectively for their own site visits. Observers must be approved by the institution being visited and are required to sign the Commission’s "Agreement of Confidentiality." In the first mailing, the Dean will be afforded the opportunity to request that a representative from the dental school serve as a silent observer. Requests for silent observer opportunities must be made in writing by the Dean and requested at least one (1) year prior to the site visit.
Transportation and Hotel Information: The Dean is asked to provide the Commission with information regarding the nearest airport and the names of (3), three-star hotels in close proximity to the dental school that have internet access and a restaurant in the hotel.
State Board Participation: The Commission notifies the state board of dentistry when an accreditation visit is to be conducted in its jurisdiction. The dental school will be provided with the Commission's policy and a description of the representative's role and responsibilities and asked if the Commission should extend an invitation to the state board of dentistry to participate in the site visit. Whether the state board representative participates is at the discretion of the dental school.
Site Visit Schedule: Templates for suggested schedules for each program being site visited are provided. The Dean is asked to return the completed schedule(s) approximately 48 months prior to the scheduled site visit. The Commission finalizes the schedule(s) and provides an electronic copy to the school. The dental school is responsible for distributing the schedule(s) to the appropriate administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The Commission forwards the finalized schedule(s) to the site visitors.
Generalist: The generalist is a representative of the sponsoring institution's regional accrediting agency. Should the administration wish to have a generalist participate in the site visit, the Dean is asked to notify the Commission.