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Accreditation Updates

Information about the Commission on Dental Accreditation's activities is available to everyone. The Commission meets twice a year, usually in the winter and the summer. Following each meeting the communities of interest are notified via email that the CODA Communicator, currently a web-based newsletter, is available on the Commission’s website; this newsletter is available to all of CODA’s communities of interest.

If you have not received an issue of the CODA Communicator, please contact Mr. Gregg Marquardt, marquardtg@ada.org, and he will add your email address to the Commission’s distribution for the next issue.

Additionally, hearings on standards are held at various meetings during which comments may be submitted to CODA on proposed or revised Accreditation Standards. Please review the left navigation, where you can access the proposed accreditation standards out for comment. CODA's meeting materials may also be of interest.

News and Highlights:

Dental Therapy

Dental therapy accreditation applications and related accreditation materials are available.  Since it is important that programs seeking accreditation discuss the process with the Commission staff, application materials must be requested from the Commission office.

Questions regarding the Commission’s actions or the application and accreditation process may be directed to Dr. Sherin Tooks, CODA Director at tookss@ada.org or 312-440-4653.

At its August 5, 2016 meeting, the Commission on Dental Accreditation directed that the newly appointed Dental Therapy Site Visitors participate in a two-day training workshop in Chicago in December 2016.

2017-2021 CODA Strategic Plan

Prior to the Commission’s summer meeting, the Commission conducted a one-half day strategic planning mega issue discussion. The Commission reviewed the report of the Standing Committee on Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning and took several actions, including:

•    Adopting the proposed Mission, Vision, and Values statements, and the proposed 2017-2021 CODA Strategic Plan, effective January 1, 2017
•    Revising documents which contain the Mission, Vision, and Values statements, effective January 1, 2017

As adopted, the Commission’s new Mission, Vision and Values are as follows:

The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public and profession by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a globally recognized leader for accrediting educational programs in the dental professions.  

The Commission is committed to:
•    Integrity: The quality of being honest, accountable, and principled.
•    Collegiality: Working respectfully and collaboratively toward a common purpose.
•    Transparency: Being open about the process by which accreditation standards and policies are developed and implemented.
•    Consistency: Fairness, objectivity, and the reliability of outcomes.

For more information, read the Commission on Dental Accreditation Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (PDF).

Adoption of CODA White Paper:Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority

The Commission on Dental Accreditation, during its August 1, 2014 meeting, adopted the Commission on Dental Accreditation White Paper: Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority.  The White Paper provides background on the role and responsibilities of the Commission, as well as the history of the Commission and its relationship to the American Dental Association (ADA).  The White Paper concludes with information related to a re-examination of the Commission’s relationship with the ADA.  Read the Commission’s White Paper: