Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Two (2) positions: Practitioner Representative of RDNs (1 position) and Practitioner Representative of NDTRs (1 position). Each position serves a four-year term, year one as Representative-elect and years two through four as Representative and voting member of the ACEND Board.
Part I: Qualifications
- Member of the Academy in the Active classification.
- Demonstrated leadership in dietetics practice, worked with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and/or Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTR).
- Must be credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (1 position) or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (1 position).
- Three or more years' experience.
- Understanding of quality assurance and accreditation preferred.
- May not serve simultaneously on other groups within the Academy that may represent a conflict of interest with ACEND activities or violate U.S Department of Education regulations (i.e., elected member of the Academy Board of Directors, an Academy board appointee to an Academy board committee, etc.). Board members of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are not permitted to serve on the ACEND board by CDR policies.
Part II: Requirements
- The Practitioner Representatives shall serve for a four (4) year term.
- The ACEND Practitioner Representative positions require a time commitment of approximately 16 days each year for meetings and travel. Additional time is required for conference calls, correspondence, planning, writing reports, etc. Depending on committee appointments and ACEND's program of work, this time commitment may be greater. Employer support in advance is encouraged.
- The position requires the completion of Program Reviewer Training and attendance of one (1) Program Accreditation Site Visit during initial year in term.
Part III: Recommended Skill Sets
The universal skill set applies to all positions on the national ballot.
Specific to Practitioner Representative
- Experience as a preceptor or mentor for nutrition and dietetics students.
- Experience in accreditation processes and knowledge of associated issues.
- Experience and commitment to assuring quality nutrition and dietetics education.
- Willingness to learn about accreditation/credentialing requirements.
- Practices in the profession of dietetics.
- Conducts effective meetings.
- Differentiates between organization and professional issues.
- Builds a network of relationships and resources.
- Expertise in practice area.
- Understands general principles for not-for-profit fiscal management.
Part IV: Functions
As Practitioner Representative
- Seek input and review data on the eligibility requirements, standards and procedures for accreditation annually from programs under review.
- Update, as necessary, standards, policies and procedures related to the accreditation process, including written guidelines for accreditation documents and ACEND meetings.
- Monitor accredited programs through the review process, which includes self-studies, Program Assessment Reports, interim reports, annual reports and other information.
- Monitor default rates and compliance with HEA Title IV responsibilities of dietetic internships that are certified by the United States Department of Education (USDE) for participation in HEA Title IV programs.
- Set qualifications for ACEND board members and program reviewers.
- Review issues related to accreditation and take action as necessary.
- Investigate written complaints concerning accredited programs.
- Establish, review, and modify fees as necessary and provide for responsible fiscal planning and control for the administration of the accreditation process.
- Direct the activities of the program review teams for the evaluation of dietetics education.
- Reach autonomous decisions regarding accreditation for dietetics education programs.
- Appoint and train program reviewers.
- Establish policies and procedures for appeals of accreditation decisions.
- Appoint committees and consultants to assist the ACEND board in meeting its program of work, goals, and objectives.
- Act and advocate in all appropriate ways before the public, the profession, and education entities to encourage and achieve the highest standards in dietetics education.
- Collaborate with other accreditation agencies as appropriate to improve the efficiency of the accreditation process.
- Attend scheduled meetings of the ACEND board.
- Review accreditation recommendations from review teams in preparation for participating in making decisions on the accreditation status of programs.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the chair, such as serving on standing or ad hoc committees, attending meetings related to accreditation, etc.
- Take appropriate action to avoid conflict of interest in carrying out ACEND responsibilities.