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CODA renewal through 2017


Dr. Knoernschild 
Washington—
U.S. Department of Education renewal of ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation as a nationally recognized accrediting agency "is critical in support of CODA's mission to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of accreditation standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs," said Dr. Kent L. Knoernschild, CODA chair.

"Currently over 50,000 students attend a total of 1,449 programs nationwide. As the only specialized accrediting agency for dentistry recognized by the Department of Education through its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, CODA's accreditation process assures students graduate from programs that meet nationally-accepted educational standards," Dr. Knoernschild said.

"Department of Education recognition of CODA's efforts in support of educational programs certainly benefits the students who attend these programs and the public who receives care from graduates of these programs."

CODA's scope of recognition is for "the accreditation of predoctoral dental education programs (leading to the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree), advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs that are fully operational or have attained 'Initial Accreditation' status, including programs offered via distance education," the renewal letter said.

Renewal through July 23, 2017 was based on recommendations of Department of Education staff and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity "under Sections 114 and 496 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, and pursuant to relevant statutory and regulatory provisions," the letter said.

The USDE has granted CODA accreditation authority for dental education since 1952. For more information visit the CODA Web page at www.ada.org/117.aspx.