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COE: COVID-19 Alert 12: Accommodation for Standard 2 – Educational Programs, Occupational Advisory Committees

News Feb 1

COE: COVID-19 Alert 12: Accommodation for Standard 2 – Educational Programs, Occupational Advisory Committees

This alert addresses a continued accommodation for all institutions concerned with conducting occupational advisory committee meetings during this continued COVID-19 Federal Emergency period.

Standard 2 – Educational Programs, C. Instruction, Criteria 11 and 12 (Handbook of Accreditation: 2020 Edition) require that occupational advisory committees meet twice each year for each program and that in person attendance is required for at least some of the committee members.

Early last year, the Commission made an accommodation because of the COVID-19 emergency and allowed institutions to conduct ONE instead of TWO meetings, and allowed the one meeting to be conducted in virtual (online video) format.

Recently, the Commission approved another accommodation related to these requirements for the calendar year 2021. The Commission will require two meetings be conducted for each program as the criterion requires, but both meetings may be conducted in virtual (video) format. That is, no in-person attendance is required for occupational advisory committee meetings for the 2021 calendar year.