Commission Alerts – July 2016

ALERTS

The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) would like to bring your attention to the following announcement as a result of its July 18 & 20, 2016 conference calls:

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Student Outcomes Roster Tracking Update

In an effort to improve reporting procedures and verifiable data collection on student completion and placement outcomes, the Commission implemented an online Student Roster document in the Accreditation Management System (EDvera).  The first series of Rosters reporting on the 2014-2015 academic year were due February 1, 2016 as part of schools’ annual reports.

At its April 2016 meeting, the Commission reviewed an initial draft of a policy for reporting and evaluating completion and placement rates, as well as establishing appropriate benchmarks for compliance.  The first draft of the policy had been discussed and was being refined for review at the Commission’s July 2016 meeting.

At its recent July 20, 2016 meeting, the Commission reviewed the updated proposal for reporting and evaluating student outcomes, including adjusted threshold benchmarks for completion and placement.  The Commission determined that more detailed research is required to finalize the most appropriate completion and placement benchmarks.  The Commission will conduct a thorough review of all baseline data being presented in accredited programs’ current Student Rosters.  The policy and rates will be reviewed at the November 4-5, 2016 Commission meeting where it will receive interim approval to be released for public comment.

As a reminder, until such time that the Commission approves a new policy and new rates, the Commission authorizes all COMTA-accredited schools and programs to publish the last official completion and placement rates from the most recently approved Completion, Placement, Licensure (CPL) Chart (Appendix D.12) in any public disclosures.


Be sure to check the COMTA website regularly for actions and alerts.  The Commission updates all pertinent actions and alerts on its website.

For additional information concerning this memorandum, please contact Kate Zulaski, Executive Director, at 202-688-6790 x101, or via email at kzulaski@comta.org.  You may also email the chair of the Commission at chair@comta.org.