Quality Framework for the Accreditation Function: Domain 4: Accreditation Standards
Quality Framework for the Accreditation Function: Domain 5: Processes for accreditation of programs of study and education providers
Historic program accreditation processes placed great emphasis on the periodic ‘accreditation visit’ with only very limited interaction with an education provider during the period of accreditation (which could be up to seven years in length). The National Law requires Accrediting Councils to monitor accredited education programs to ensure that they continue to meet the relevant accreditation standards during their period of accreditation, but there has historically been a lack of clarity on how that would be done on a consistent and transparent basis.
The ADC Accreditation Monitoring Framework sets out the key monitoring activities that ADC undertakes as part of its obligations under the National Law so that providers of ADC accredited programs have clear information on not just the activities that ADC will undertake to monitor their accredited programs, but also the purpose of those activities.
Practice introduced or changed
The ADC Accreditation Monitoring Framework was introduced in 2014 and updated in 2016. Distributed to all providers of ADC accredited programs and available on the ADC website the Framework provides clarity on the key accreditation monitoring activities undertaken by the ADC to ensure that accredited programs continue to meet the ADC Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs (the Accreditation Standards).
In addition to improving transparency in the accreditation process, the introduction of a formal framework for accreditation monitoring activities reduces the risk of an ADC accredited program failing to meet the Accreditation Standards as the multiple monitoring touchpoints provide the ADC with a regular update on the ‘health’ of an accredited program, allowing for an earlier intervention in the event of a problem. The increased emphasis on the monitoring of accredited programs will also facilitate a shift away from the reliance on the periodic accreditation visit resulting in a ‘smoothing’ of the administrative burden of accreditation across the period of accreditation.
Where to go for more information
The ADC website: www.adc.org.au