At its September 19-21, 2010 meeting the COE reviewed Standard 6 Students, Standard 7 Admission, Standard 8 Faculty and Standard 9 Curriculum. Below are the proposed revisions to these standards (added text is underscored, deleted text is struck).
In accordance with the policies and procedures of the COE, proposed changes to the Standards of Accreditation must be submitted to the public for review, comment, and/or suggestions before being recommended to the AVMA Executive Board for approval.
Written comments postmarked by (or e-mailed no later than) December 1, 2010 will be forwarded to the AVMA Council on Education for consideration. Mail comments to Millie Maresh, Administrative Assistant, AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Ste 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; e-mail Millie Maresh.
Standard 6, StudentsThe number of professional degree students, DVM or equivalent must be consistent with the resources and the mission of the college.Colleges should establish post-DVM/VMD programs such as internships, residencies and advanced degrees (e.g., MS, PhD), that complement and strengthen the professional program.Student support services must be available within the college or university.In relationship to enrollment, the colleges must provide accurate information for all advertisements regarding the educational program by providing clear and current information for prospective students. Further, printed catalog or electronic information, must state the purpose and goals of the program, provide admission requirements and procedures, state degree requirements, present faculty descriptions, clearly state information on tuition and fees along with procedures for withdrawal, give necessary information for financial aid programs, and provide an accurate academic calendar. The information provided will contain details regarding licensure. The grading system for the college must be relevant and applied to all students in a fair and uniform manner.Each accredited college must provide a mechanism for students, anonymously if they wish, to offer suggestions, comments, and complaints regarding compliance of the college with the Standards of Accreditation. These materials shall be made available to the Council annually.
Standard 7, AdmissionThe college shall have a well-defined and officially stated admissions policy. The policy shall provide for an admissions committee, a majority of whom shall be full-time faculty members. The committee shall make recommendations regarding the students to be admitted to the professional curriculum upon consideration of applications of candidates who meet the academic and other requirements as defined in the college's formal admission policy.Subjects for admission shall include those courses prerequisite to the professional program in veterinary medicine, as well as courses that contribute to a broad general education. The goal of preveterinary education shall be to provide a broad base upon which professional education may be built, leading to lifelong learning with continued professional and personal development.Factors other than academic achievement should must be considered for admission criteria.
Standard 9, CurriculumThe curriculum shall extend over a period equivalent to a minimum of four academic years, including a minimum of one academic year of hands-on clinical education. The curriculum and educational process should initiate and promote lifelong learning in each professional degree candidate.The curriculum in veterinary medicine is the purview of the faculty of each college, but must be managed centrally based upon the mission and resources of the college. There must be sufficient flexibility in curriculum planning and management to facilitate timely revisions in response to emerging issues, and advancements in knowledge and technology. The curriculum as a whole must be regularly reviewed and managed by a college curriculum committee. The majority of the members of the curriculum committee must be full-time faculty. Curriculum evaluations should include the gathering of sufficient qualitative and quantitative information to assure the curriculum content provides current concepts and principles as well as instructional quality and effectiveness. Diversity in delivery of the curriculum is encouraged.The curriculum shall provide: