Thursday, May 26, 2022
This email provides information on three areas important to CAATE accredited programs.
- Changes to CAATE Policy VII: Accreditation Actions and Statuses language
- Revisions to the instructions describing how to address Standards 56-94 and DEI 2 of the 2020 CAATE Professional Program Standards
- Reminder – Enhanced Transparency in Reporting Accreditation Actions, and Student Achievement and Performance Data
Changes to CAATE Policy VII Accreditation Actions and Statuses Language
At the April 12, 2022 Board meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted to revise the language used for Accreditation Actions and Accreditation Statuses for all types of programs (professional, post-professional, residency, and fellowship). This change was made to enhance clarity for consumers and stakeholders and to strengthen due process for programs seeking accreditation or reaccreditation. The revised Accreditation Actions and Accreditation Statuses are provided below. The full language changes can be found in the CAATE Policies and Procedures Manual, Section VII. Accreditation Actions and Statuses on pages 20-29. The changes are effective immediately and are reflected in the program information and outcomes located in the search programs feature of the CAATE website.
Accreditation Action – Accreditation Status
Seeking Initial Accreditation – Seeking Initial Accreditation
Initial Accreditation – Initial Accreditation
Continuing Accreditation – Continuing Accreditation
Progress Report – status remains unchanged
Probation – Continuing Accreditation-Probation
Defer Action – status remains unchanged
Show Cause – status remains unchanged
Focused Site Review – status remains unchanged
Administrative Probation – Continuing Accreditation-Administrative Probation
Withhold Initial Accreditation – Initial Accreditation Withheld
Withdrawal of Accreditation – Accreditation Withdrawn
Continuing Accreditation-Inactive Status – Continuing Accreditation-Inactive
Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation – Accreditation Voluntarily Withdrawn
Revisions to the instructions describing how to address Standards 56-94 and DEI 2 of the 2020 CAATE Professional Program Standards.
Based upon the recommendation from the Standards Committee, and following extensive Board deliberations, the CAATE Board of Commissioners voted at our May 10, 2022 Board meeting to change the instructions describing how to address Curricular Content Standards 56-94 and DEI 2. The recommendations from the Standards Committee occurred as a result of extensive feedback solicited from program directors, peer reviewers, and members of the Peer Review and Review Committees involved with the last three years of comprehensive programmatic reviews. The approved changes will now allow programs to assess student performance within the Curricular Content Standards in either a didactic course or clinical experience setting, depending on the program’s unique needs. Therefore, programs will no longer be required to assess every curricular content standard (Standards 56-94) and Standard DEI 2 in both a didactic course and a clinical experience setting.
These changes will allow programs to expand their use of supplemental clinical experiences by non-athletic trainer and physician providers as additional learning opportunities for the student, provided the program includes an assessment of the Curricular Content Standards and Standard DEI 2 conducted by an athletic trainer or physician. For example, a student may complete a clinical experience with a Nurse Practioner or Physician Assistant where they are exposed to a high volume of patients with primary care conditions, such as diabetes (Curricular Content Standard 70). While this was previously problematic given the requirement that an athletic trainer or physician must assess student performance in both the didactic course and the clinical experience, the approved change will allow the student to learn and practice specific curricular content clinically from a non-athletic trainer or physician, but be assessed on that content in either a didactic course or another clinical experience by an athletic trainer or physician. The intent of the revisions is to provide more flexibility and autonomy to programs in choosing how and where to teach and assess these content areas and to clarify the types of evidence that should be provided to demonstrate compliance.
The following changes were approved to the “How to Address This Standard” and “Uploads” sections for Standards 56-94 and DEI 2.
How to Address This Standard
List the objectives and/or daily/weekly schedule from the course syllabi that are associated with this standard (include the course prefix and course number with each objective).
- Identify the courses and/or clinical education experiences where students gain learning opportunities associated with this standard, and describe how each learning experience ensures students are prepared to perform the skills associated with the standard.
Describe the learning experiences (didactic and athletic training clinical experience) associated with this standard and how student performance is assessed.
- Describe how these learning experiences are assessed and provide example(s) of assessment tool(s) used.
Provide examples (didactic and athletic training clinical experience) of outcome data used to verify an acceptable level of student performance.
Assessment tool(s) that verifies that students are prepared to practice in this content area
- Assessment tool(s) used to determine student level of performance, if applicable.
These changes will be implemented and programs will be assessed using the revised language above starting with the 2022-2023 review cycle and the changes will appear within eAccreditation for the 2022-2023 self-study cycle.
The updates have been made in the Pursuing and Maintaining Accreditation of Professional Programs in Athletic Training document.
Reminder Regarding Enhanced Transparency in Reporting Accreditation Actions, and Student Achievement and Performance Data
As has been previously communicated on several occasions, all programs (professional, post-professional, residency, and fellowship) are required to update their athletic training program’s website with a link to the CAATE Program Information and Outcomes data by July 31, 2022. An instructional video has been developed to help programs with this transition. The full details about this change originally disseminated to stakeholders via email on March 11, 2022 can be found here. Anyone with questions or concerns about how to comply with this new requirement should contact the CAATE Office (512-733-9700 or email@example.com).