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Institutional Accreditation

Programs must be sponsored by institutions of higher education that are accredited by an institutional accrediting agency (i.e., a regional or appropriate* national accrediting agency) recognized by the United States Department of Education for offering college-level programs.

* Agencies whose mission includes the accreditation of institutions offering allied health education programs.

Intent:

Dental schools, four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, technical institutes, vocational schools, and private schools, which offer appropriate fiscal, facility, faculty and curriculum resources are considered appropriate settings for the program. The institution should offer appropriate fiscal, facility, faculty and curriculum resources to sponsor the dental hygiene educational program.

A. Description

1. Describe the program’s educational setting: dental school, four-year college/university, community/junior college or technical college/institute. Indicate whether the institution is public, private (not-for-profit) or private (for profit).

Lake Superior College is a public two year community and technical college within the MnSCU system. The college offers certificates, diplomas and associate degree programs.

2. By what regional or national accrediting agency is the institution accredited? Briefly describe the institution’s accreditation history, including its current status and date of last evaluation.

Lake Superior College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The last comprehensive evaluation was during the 2002-2003 academic year. The college has chosen to follow the AQUIP accreditation process. The current status is accredited. Please refer to Exhibit Q for a copy of the current NCA Accreditation status.

B. Supportive Documentation

Exhibit Q: Copy of current accreditation status from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

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All arrangements with co-sponsoring or affiliated institutions must be formalized by means of written agreements which clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each institution involved.

A. Description

1. If the dental hygiene program is cooperatively sponsored by two educational institutions, indicate when the cooperative agreement was developed, how often it is updated and briefly outline the contingency plan included. Describe how the combined resources of the institutions support attainment of the program goals and assist the program in meeting the Accreditation Standards. Provide a copy of the formal agreement as an exhibit. Describe the contingency plan, should a campus site terminate the written agreement.

Lake Superior College sponsors the dental hygiene program. The program does not maintain any affiliation agreements outside the college.

B. Supportive Documentation

1. Please refer to the applicable “Examples of evidence to demonstrate compliance include” section within the Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs.