Outcomes Publications Requirements

Standards section V.A.4. Publications and Disclosures states,

The sponsor must maintain, and make available to the public, current and consistent summary information about student/graduate  achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments required in these Standards.

The AC-PE approved a policy, according to CAAHEP directives/guidelines, requiring programs to make available to the public their 3-year averaged job (positive) placement result.
1. Job (positive) placement means that the graduate is employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education, and/or serving in the military.
2. Placement must be within one year of graduation.
3. Results published by programs must be consistent with data/information reported in Annual Reports to the AC-PE.

Since 2015 is the current, active reporting year, programs should make available to the public the 3-year averaged job (positive) placement results for 2012-2014 graduates.

The preferred method for making this information available to the public is for programs to publish the information on its website.
Programs that don’t post information on their websites must provide detailed information on how the information is made available to the public.
-Programs can choose to publicize additional outcomes at their discretion, but must minimally publicize the 3-year averaged job (positive) placement result. 

All About the Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee plays an important role in perfusion education programs. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to assist program personnel in development, evaluation, and revision of the perfusion program.  The Advisory Committee should make recommendations for change and improvement, but ultimately it is up to the program to take action and enforce changes.

The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Perfusion include standards for Advisory Committee make-up and responsibilities.  The purpose of this communication is to clarify Standard’s requirements.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MAKE-UP
The Advisory Committee must include at least one representative from each of the following communities of interest.  In general, a member should not represent more than one community of interest, making a total of at least seven members on the Advisory Committee.

Student
The student member must be a current student enrolled in the perfusion program.  Students may elect a classmate to represent them on the Advisory Committee, or program personnel may choose a student.

Graduate
The graduate member should maintain currency in the profession and is appointed at the discretion of the program/institution.

Program Faculty
The faculty member(s) can be employed by the institution or may be adjunct faculty, and is appointed at the discretion of the program/institution.  It is recommended that both didactic faculty and clinical instructors have representation on the Committee.

Sponsor Administration
The sponsor administration member may be a department chair, dean, or other administrative representative employed by the institution.  The program director may serve in this position if he/she maintains an administrator position within the sponsoring institution.

Employer
The employer should employ/have employed graduates of the perfusion program in the clinical setting.

Physician
The program’s Medical Advisor can serve as the physician member.

Public
The public member represents the interests of a patient that may come under the care of a perfusionist.  The public member should not be employed by or otherwise associated with the sponsoring institution, and should not be in healthcare.  Examples of public members include teachers, lawyers, public official.  Ideas for finding a public member include:  ask current Advisory Committee members for suggestions and to solicit by word-of-mouth; advertise on the institution’s website and/or program’s Facebook page; consider business leaders in your community; or use a volunteer recruitment website (VolunteerMatch.org is one example).

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

The Advisory Committee must:

  1. Meet at least annually.  If a member cannot attend a scheduled meeting, the program should provide the member an opportunity to provide verbal or written input/feedback to items on the meeting agenda.  This input/feedback should be documented by the program.
  2. Assist the program in formulating and revising program goals and learning domains.
  3. Monitor needs and expectations of all communities of interest.
  4. Ensure program responsiveness to change.

Annual review/assessment of program outcomes (Standard IV.B.-retention, placement, graduate and employer satisfaction, summative measures, and credentialing success) and program resources (Standard III.D.-faculty, clerical/support staff, curriculum, finances, offices, classroom/laboratory/ancillary student facilities, clinical affiliate, equipment, supplies, computer resources, instructional reference materials, and faculty/staff continuing education) are essential components in helping the Advisory Committee fulfill its responsibilities.  The Program Personnel Program Resource Survey and Student Program Resource Survey are tools that can be used by the program to assist with required annual resource assessment.

 

The program must document Advisory Committee meetings by maintaining meeting minutes.  Meeting minutes should include, at a minimum, the following:

  1. Date of meeting
  2. List of all Advisory Committee members, including:  name; community of interest represented; and indication of present/absent
  3. Documentation of each area being assessed, including: the measurement system used; timeframe for performing the assessment; analysis of results; action plan indicating party responsible for implementation; and subsequent method of review.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Programs are strongly encouraged to view the following recorded CAAHEP webinar:

Your Advisory Committee:  Meeting Expectations and Beyond
Recorded October 8, 2012 (approx. download time: 4 minutes)
Joseph B. Long, EdD, CST/FAST, Academic Team Leader, Surgical Technology Program, Lansing Community College and CAAHEP Liaison to the AC-PE!

Description:  Advisory Committees are vital to the success of your program but can be difficult to manage. This webinar provides insight on meeting the expectations of an advisory committee and beyond, with information on everything from setting up an advisory committee to the roles of its members, to the committee’s function and requirements. Take-away tools such as sample invitation letters, agendas, meeting material, and more, will be shared by seasoned program director, Joseph Long, PhD, CST/FAST.  PDF of program slides and Q&A document are also available.