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 National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity recommends continued recognition of AVMA Council on Education by U.S. Department of Education

​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) June 24, 2016—The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) committee and advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education, recommended continued recognition of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (COE) as the accrediting body of veterinary medical colleges through 2017.

NACIQI’s June 22-24 review was a component of the USDE recognition cycle, with formal reviews conducted every five years. The COE’s last 5-year recognition was granted in 2007; at the 2012 scheduled review, the USDE staff identified several compliance issues and subsequently provided several extensions of recognition pending appropriate responses from the COE. The USDE Staff Report provided to NACIQI for consideration 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 NACIQI recommended that the Secretary of Education continue the COE’s recognition. The senior department official will make the final decision regarding recognition within 90 days of the meeting.

The COE has held listening sessions throughout the past year and developed new policies and procedures to strengthen the firewall between the COE and AVMA leadership. Members of the COE will be present at the AVMA Convention to provide an update and hold a listening session on Sunday, August 7, 3:00—5:00 pm in Crockett CD at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Attendees of the convention are invited to attend the listening session to provide their input. The session will be recorded, and a transcript will be posted on the AVMA@Work blog.

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