Institutional Capacity Building — June 2014

The ADEA Institutional Capacity Building (ADEA ICB) portfolio gathered dental educators for the 2014 ADEA Allied Program Directors’ Conference and the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education Summer Liaisons Meeting (ADEA CCI) in Philadelphia, June 7–12.

Advocacy and Government Relations — June 2014

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed measures for determining whether certain postsecondary educational programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation, as well as the conditions under which these programs remain eligible to receive funds under federal student aid programs.

Spring 2014: eLearning

Last October, those of us who gathered in Oklahoma City for the 2013 ADEA Fall Meetings had a rare opportunity to spend three days exploring ways of integrating technology in teaching and learning. In this issue of the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger, we share some of the discussion that occurred at that event and showcase two exemplary projects that illustrate how educators can harness eLearning technologies.

ADEA/AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

On April 17, 2013, approximately 60 participants from dental schools around the country converged on Capitol Hill to advocate for funding for programs of importance to dental education and dental and craniofacial research.

Supreme Court Rules on States’ Right to Prohibit Consideration of Race in Admissions

On April 22, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in its ruling on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  The Court’s decision upheld a constitutional amendment that Michigan voters approved to ban the consideration of race and gender in public education. The Michigan ballot initiative, known as Proposal 2, was passed in 2006 by 58 percent of voters.  

Governor of Maine Signs Dental Hygiene Therapy Bill Into Law

On April 28, Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) signed into law L.D. 1230, “An Act to Improve Access to Oral Health Care,” thereby creating the role of dental hygiene therapist in the State of Maine. The bill passed with bipartisan support. The new law authorizes dental hygiene therapists to perform both preventive and routine restorative dental care under the supervision of a licensed dentist in the State of Maine.

Rhode Island Debates Public Health Dental Hygienists

Reps. Joseph M. McNamara (D-RI) and K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-RI) have introduced H7984. The bill authorizes the practice of public health dental hygienists. According to the bill language, a public health dental hygienist may practice in a public health setting without the supervision or direction of a dentist.

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