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Institutional Capacity Building — June 2013

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After 12 months and five U.S. cities, the ADEA Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) portfolio successfully wrapped up ADEA Regional Accreditation Workshops with the purpose of helping schools understand new Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) predoctoral standards. More than 45 dental schools participated, with 175 attendees total. Additionally, CODA staff were present for the workshops to learn more about how schools interpret the standards.

Significant changes to CODA standards led ICB to conduct the workshops. ICB staff presented two sessions, “Promoting a Humanistic Environment and Culture in Dental Education” and “Assessing Learning Environment in Dental Education”. Participants learned about the intricacies that typify a humanistic environment as well as what diversity looks like in schools serving multiple communities in the United States. The new standards will require some schools to make significant curricular changes. The regional workshops were aimed at assisting schools in actualizing the new standards.

To better serve schools’ needs, participants offered suggestions on how ADEA could assist. For example, participants suggested that ADEA compile a list of best practices soon after CODA site visits are completed. ICB promotes the idea that site visits are an opportunity for schools to find out weaknesses, which then becomes an opportunity to turn them into strengths.

To receive resources and information from the first round of Regional Accreditation Workshops please email ICB@adea.org.