THIRD-PARTY COMMENTS TO THE ACCREDITING AGENCY
The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures require accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment, either in writing or at a public hearing (at the accrediting agencies’ discretion) with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies. In order to comply with the Department’s requirement on the use of third-party comment regarding program’s qualifications for accreditation, the Dental Assisting Department at Manatee Technical College is currently soliciting third-party comments from its communities of interest and the public to include faculty, students, program administrators, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and consumers. All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the dental assisting program or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy. Only signed comments will be considered. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests may be made to the Commission office. All relevant comments will have signatures removed and will then be referred to the program at least fifty (50) days prior to the site visit for review and response. A written response from the program should be provided to the Commission office and the visiting committee fifteen (15) days prior to the site visit. Adjustments may be necessary in the site visit schedule to allow discussion of comments with proper personnel. Negative comments received after the established deadline of sixty (60) days prior to the site visit will be handled as a complaint. All comments must be received in the Commission’s office no later than August 1, 2015, which is sixty days prior to the Programs’ next scheduled accreditation site visit on October 1-2, 2015. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.
INSTITUTION: Manatee Technical College
PROGRAM TO BE REVIEWED: Dental Assisting Program
SITE VISIT DATE: October 1-2, 2015
60-DAY DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF COMMENTS IN THE COMMISSION OFFICE: August 1, 2015
ADDRESS TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611