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Suzanne Campbell, ASCLS President, and William Hunt, NAACLS Board President Elect.

NAACLS is pleased to announce that William H. Hunt, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, President-Elect of the NAACLS Board of Directors, was selected to receive this year’s ASCLS Bio-Rad Scientific Assembly Professional Achievement Award for Lab Admin/Consultant/Quality/Accreditation/Industry. Mr. Hunt was recognized during the 85th ASCLS Annual Awards ceremony, which was held on August 3, 2017, in San Diego, CA. Congratulations!

Programs Review Committee Meetings

July 12-14, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Board of Directors Meetings

September 27-29, 2017

La Jolla, California

By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, MT

In the fall of 2015, NAACLS disseminated the Annual Survey of Programs to accredited and approved programs. With the 2012 Standards, NAACLS shifted from a largely input-based focus to one that features student and program outcomes as a means of evaluating educational quality. In keeping with this focus, a number of changes in policies were implemented including the establishment of benchmarks for several outcomes measures and the requirement that all programs post outcomes data for certification exam pass rates, graduation rates, and placement rates in a location that is easily accessible by the public. All accredited and approved programs are required by NAACLS Standards to complete and submit the Annual Survey of Programs each year, and this survey collects outcomes and other data that are then analyzed collectively for trends and useful “snapshots” of the quality of NAACLS’ programs.

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By Yasmen Simonian, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM

As I peruse the ASCLS’s Educators Listserve, it is so heartwarming to see the comradery between our educators. I notice that a number of important topics are currently addressed. The topics run from current and up-to-date textbooks, proper and affordable instrumentation to be used in the student laboratories, online offerings, recruitment, grants, credit hour reduction, and clinical rotation shortages.

The ASCLS Committee on Education Programs and Initiatives (CEPI) plans to submit a proposal to the CLEC 2017 on finding ways for clinical sites to take (more) students for rotations. Also, I serve as a member of a taskforce on the Association of School of Allied Health Sciences (ASAHP) and we are also examining various issues relating to clinical education. This would be a great time to combine forces and share our findings to improve and expand much needed clinical experience opportunities for our students.

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By: Edward Rotchford, Accreditation Specialist/Volunteer Services Manager

Last month, NAACLS posted the latest Annual Volunteer Report on the NAACLS Website at http://naacls.org/docs/VolunteerReport.pdf.  All past, current, and future NAACLS volunteers (as well as current program directors!) are highly encouraged to read this information-stuffed report, which includes:

  • Educational pieces on the importance of time in the site visit process, as well as reviewing curriculum on the site visit under the new Standards
  • Important updates to the review process
  • Link to the NAACLS Podcast “Roles and Responsibilities of Reviewers”
  • Evaluations of current NAACLS volunteers
  • Recognition of outstanding NAACLS volunteers

And as always, the report contains information to let you know how you can be involved as a NAACLS Volunteer.  We hope to hear from you soon!

We invite you to view the NAACLS 2015 Annual Report on our website at: http://naacls.org/docs/AnnualReport.pdf. The Annual Report includes a Message from the President, 2015 Program Data, 2015 Board of Directors’ Actions, 2015 Volunteers, Statements of Financial Position for FY ending June 30, 2015, and Rosters for the NAACLS Board, Review Committees and Staff.

By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a new workshop titled, “Education Methods: Linking Our Programs and Courses to Standards,” on February 25, 2016, from 7:00am-12:15pm in Minneapolis, MN (in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC)). The workshop will include a continental breakfast and working lunch.

The workshop will be presented by Andrea G. Gordon, MEd, MT(ASCP)SH, Medical Laboratory Science Program Director at Brookline College in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a Clinical Assistant Educator on the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) and previously served as Chair of this committee from 2011-2014.

Upon completion of the workshop, and with the opportunity to discuss questions, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify key Standards linked to program/course design and evaluation
  • Discuss how the NAACLS Standards Compliance Guide can support the process of program/course design
  • Identify where NAACLS reporting processes intersect with program/course design and evaluation
  • Discuss how to incorporate meeting NAACLS required outcomes into programs
  • Create a model for program/course development and assessment
  • Identify and evaluate various modes of instruction and how they help your program meet the NAACLS Standards.

The fee for the workshop is $300/person if you register by 1/11/16. The fee is $325/person if you register between 1/12/16 to 2/12/16).

Please visit www.naacls.org for more information and to register. We hope to see you at this NAACLS workshop!