The policy for Appeal of Adverse Decisions of the Commission has been updated to reflect new regulatory requirements.
Clarification of a requirement in Standard 4
C. Process and mechanisms for communicating policies, curriculum, and program expectations to students and to the general public, including its accredited status. All statements in advertising, catalogs, publications, recruiting, and academic calendars shall be accurate at the time of publication. Publications that advertise a center’s programs shall include the type(s) and level(s) of education offered and the ACPE telephone number and website address.
The 6 Year Site Visit Plan has been updated to clarify various aspects of the process.
Clarification of the requirements for the center’s grievance/complaint process:
The item now reads: C. Grievance/Complaint process for the local center that includes links to ACPE processes as indicated below. While ACPE recommends that complaints and grievances be addressed at the local level, center policies must indicate that a student may file a complaint directly with ACPE .
Update to Year 3 of the Accreditation Cycle.
Update to Items that must be included in the center’s portfolio for Standard 4, item #2.
The item now reads:
A detailed listing of any complaints filed locally within the center and how each was resolved. Include any educational complaints filed with ACPE, but do not include any ethical complaints filed against a center educator directly with ACPE.
Update to the language in Clinical Placement Agreement requirements:
The ACPE Certified Educator(s) and student(s) must be authorized to function in the clinical site (language to provide spiritual care was removed from this line).
Important update to Standard 4:
The following item required as part of a center’s portfolio was added: A detailed listing of any complaints filed within the center and how each was resolved.
Added a page to clarify the process of moving from an Accredited Member to a System Center
Maintenance and Renewal of Accreditation – The Year 3 Mid-Cycle has been updated.
Year 3 – Mid-Cycle
Consists of a Comprehensive Portfolio Review and a one person, peer consultation. The purpose is to offer collegial and collaborative consultation on aspects of the center’s program. Peer consultants are local volunteers who are assigned by the Accreditation Commissioner, with input from the center. The local educator will add a reflection on the consultation to the center’s portfolio.
Standard 3 – Educational Resources has been updated to include the requirement for private office space for educators to provide supervision and support for students.
Standard 4 – Management of CPE Programs has been updated with the following:
B. Alignment of the center’s policies and procedures with ACPE Policies and Procedures, including the requirement that an ACPE Certified Educator or Associate ACPE Certified Educator must be employed by the center to oversee the program.
Clinical Placements and Agreements: The clinical placement agreement must be completed/signed PRIOR to students beginning their work at at site.
The Objectives and Outcomes for Level I/Level II CPE have been reformatted for clarity.
6. Summary results of the evaluation process of a unit that utilized video conferencing for regular student engagement, including student feedback specific to video conferencing and the Center’s own evaluation of the effectiveness, strengths, and limitations of the modality as an educational tool.
Added a new section for Component Sites
Details about the 6 Year Site Visit have been added.
The following item was added:
Students must write a final self-evaluation at the conclusion of the unit.
Guide for Student Records has been clarified with the following:
ACPE requires that:
- The center retain the following items indefinitely:
- The application face sheet
- The Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form
- The center retain the following items from the student record for ten (10) years:
- Certified Educator’s end of unit evaluation
- The student’s response to the end of unit evaluation, if submitted
- The student’s self-evaluation.
Self-Study Requirements have been revised
This section offers a clarification of three categories of accreditation, incorporating the previous section of System Centers. Includes the section on Satellite Programs, which has been revised.
Maintenance and Renewal of Accreditation (Revisions)
- Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 5
In each of these years, centers will have a review of their Dashboard and a Focused Portfolio Review. These reviews are conducted by volunteer committee members, with reports submitted to the Accreditation Commission. The Focused Portfolio Review is a review of a particular component of the center’s portfolio. The Accreditation Commission will determine on an annual basis which Portfolio components will be examined in a given year. The Commission shall provide centers with a minimum of six months notice of the focus of the next year’s review. Please note that although only a portion of the portfolio will be officially reviewed, the entire portfolio must be available to the Accreditation Commission at any time.
- Year 3 – Mid-Cycle
Consists of a Comprehensive Portfolio Review and a one person, peer site visit. The purpose of the peer site visit is to offer collegial and collaborative consultation on aspects of the center’s program, but with a focus on its accreditation materials in the center’s portfolio. Peer site visitors are trained, local volunteers who are assigned by the Accreditation Commissioner, with input from the center. The site visitor will document their visit for the center and this will become a part of the center’s portfolio.