September 2022 Board Report

(Last Updated On: April 18, 2023)

The below information was discussed in previous Dr. NAACLS (available here).

NAACLS Executive Committee

NAACLS is pleased to announce the NAACLS Board of Directors Executive Committee for 2022 – 2023.

Maribeth Flaws, President

Robert Cottrell, President-Elect 

Karen Brown, Secretary

Susanne Norris Zanto, Treasurer

Elaina Bleifield, Member at Large

Change Report

NAACLS has received helpful feedback from program directors regarding sharing more detailed information about the Board of Directors’ decisions. As a result, NAACLS has made a Change Report detailing decisions made by the board at its most recent meeting. NAACLS will provide these reports after every Board of Directors meeting. NAACLS Staff has updated all documents on the website to reflect these changes. Change report available here.

CEO Emerita awarded

In recognition of her years of service, the NAACLS Board of Directors voted unanimously to recognize Dr. Dianne Cearlock as CEO Emerita.

Change in Fees: 

On January 1st, NAACLS implemented two new fees. 

Serious Applicant Status Fee: 

NAACLS will prorate annual accreditation fees for programs with/achieving Serious Applicant Status until the next billing period (July).

Program Director Applicant Fee: 

NAACLS will administer a $200 set fee for Program Director Changes. This new fee is per applicant, not per submission.

New Taskforces

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

NAACLS will soon appoint an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Task Force. This task force will provide valuable feedback to the board as NAACLS evolves in these crucial areas. 

International Task Force

NAACLS is revitalizing its International Task Force. This task force will focus on opportunities for NAACLS to expand its accreditation internationally.

If you wish to be considered for one or both of these task forces, please complete this form by March 6th. (this deadline has been extended).

Standards Review Task Force 

The Standards Review Task Force continues their important work of comprehensively reviewing the 2012 Standards. It is part of NAACLS Policies and Procedures to review the standards every ten years. Any substantive changes to the standards are made available for public comment. 

Standard IV (outcomes posting

Starting May 1st, 2023, programs must present external certification rate, graduation rate, and placement rate outcomes data for each of the last three active years. These must be listed year by year as a percentage. If posted on the website, the outcomes must be no more than one click away from the program’s homepage, with the link clearly identified as program outcomes. If outcome measures are not posted on a website, programs must describe and submit supporting evidence of how the program provides prospective and current students access to the required data.

NAACLS turns 50!!

NAACLS is turning 50 years old in 2023! We will celebrate throughout the year, including a get-together at CLEC on Thursday, March 2nd. Thank you to the ASCLS for being willing partners for the event and to all of the NAACLS Accredited programs and volunteers for making 50 years a reality. 

Registration for the Pre-CLEC NAACLS workshop is currently open. Registration available here.

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