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COCA accreditation visit a success

(ATHENS, Ohio—Nov. 25, 2014) The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine emerged from its seven-year accreditation review with high marks, having met 93 of the 94 standards. The remaining standard should be met when Ohio University’s ongoing RFP process to provide on-site security for the Dublin campus is complete, which is expected to happen before the final accreditation report is filed at the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) meeting in April 2015.

The COCA inspection team spent the week of Nov. 3 conducting a thorough review of the Heritage College’s curricula, faculty staffing plan and facilities in both Athens and Dublin. They shared their findings at a Nov. 7 exit interview, which began and ended with compliments for faculty, staff and students.

“You don’t know how lucky you are. You have a great team here; you have a great leader. You have support from the university. You have a great foundation here supporting you,” COCA Team Chair Ronald Berezniak, Ph.D., said. “We see nothing but successes, major, major big pluses coming down the road for you guys.”

During the review, the team met with faculty, students, college advisory board members, university leadership and representatives from some CORE sites. It was the students who made the biggest impression.

“When we talked with the students, we were blown away because they had nothing negative to say. All we saw was teeth from smiles. I felt I was in a dental school,” said Berezniak.

The COCA team commended the college for preparing faculty to teach across multiple sites and for the design and use of digital services to deliver teaching, research, evaluation and administration resources. In addition, the committee applauded the many interprofessional education and research opportunities the college offers students. They repeatedly said the college has a great team.

“I wish I could run everyone here through a copy machine and bring them home with me,” said Berezniak.

Full-site accreditation reviews occur every seven years to ensure that osteopathic medical schools meet or exceed standards for educational quality. The Heritage College spent the last year preparing for the review by creating a self-study team to critically assess how the college is meeting each COCA standard and how it can improve the quality of everything it does. In May, the college underwent a mock review and was given recommendations to enhance the program.

“To have such a successful accreditation visit takes a tremendous amount of long-term planning and incredible teamwork across departments and campuses. Thank you to everyone who invested time and hard work into making the COCA site visit a resounding success,” said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O.

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