Benefits of and Challenges in the Alignment of Regional and Health Care Specialty Accreditation
WSCUC and Health Professional Accreditors are similar in focus: both ask for evidence that students are mastering knowledge, skills, attitudes and commitment to lifelong learning, and thus it may be possible to develop alignment protocols/approaches to reduce redundancy and that will lead to greater understanding of potential collaborations between regional and professional accreditation bodies. For example, one approach would be to develop over-arching ‘meta-criteria’ that meld WSCUC CFRs with the specific requirements of specialty accreditors. Two challenges to this proposal are that accreditation criteria evolve over time, and that specialty and regional accreditations don’t necessarily take place during the same timeframe (however, these may perhaps be benefits rather than burdens). Representatives from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, and WSCUC will share their perspectives on accreditation and assessment and how regional and professional accreditation bodies might collaborate.