CoA policy meeting actions

Important policy issues this year include several revisions of Implementing Regulations (IRs).

The Commission on Accreditation (CoA) held its annual policy meeting Feb. 28-March 3 in Washington. This meeting was preceded by an orientation day for new members on Feb. 27. A “calibration” exercise designed to ensure consistency of decisions across reviewers was conducted for the second year in a row. As is typical of the annual policy meeting, no programs were reviewed. Instead, the CoA tackled a number of important policy issues that will be relevant in the upcoming year.

Implementing Regulations
  • Following 90 days of public comment the CoA approved revised versions of Implementing Regulations (IRs) C-22 and C-23 related to diversity recruitment/retention and education/training, respectively. The updated versions of these policies are now in effect.

  • The CoA approved minor revisions to IR C-20 that clarify the data required by programs to post on public websites by Oct. 1, 2013.

  • The CoA had a preliminary discussion about the possibility of requiring internships and postdoctoral programs to provide annually updated disclosure information, similar to what doctoral programs are required to do according to IR C-20. In this context, the CoA has solicited input from APAGS regarding the kinds of information that would be useful to students as they consider potential internships and postdoctoral programs.