Call for Comment

COMTA relies on the input from educators and professionals in the fields of massage and aesthetics to keep our Standards for Accreditation and all Policies current. We have a regular process of proposing potential changes, gathering feedback and then using that feedback to craft final versions for any updates to our Standards and Policies. This makes our Standards a living document, changing in response to the needs of the profession and common practices in accreditation.

CURRENT: Resource Documents Aligning Curriculum Competencies & ELAP Learning Outcomes – June 2015

At its June 4, 2015 meeting, the Commission approved two additional (2) new or revised resource documents for schools seeking to align their curricula with both the COMTA Competencies and the ELAP recommendations.  Please note that these are not policy documents, only resources for schools, and the Commission will continue using its own Curriculum Competencies as the measure of compliance.  However, these documents have proven useful for focus group participants and are being presented to the community at large for further comment before implementation.

Please click on each of the documents below to review and submit feedback using the survey link below.  Please submit all feedback by July 20, 2015 for consideration by the Commission at its July meeting.  We appreciate your valuable input in updating our policies and guidelines.

  1. ELAP Outcomes Aligned with COMTA Comp 2015_02
  2. Comp Chart ELAP Alignment – Proposal 2015_02_23

After reviewing the documents, click here to take the brief survey and submit your feedback.


CURRENT: Revised Policy and Guidelines Appendices – April 2015

At its April 29, 2015 meeting, the Commission approved two additional (2) new or revised Policy/Guidelines documents to serve as part of the newly revised Accreditation Standards.  These approved documents are now presented for a Public Call for Comment period before enaction

Please click on each of the documents below to review and submit feedback to Commission Chair at chair@comta.org.  Only officially submitted written comments can be considered. No verbal or anonymous submissions can be considered by the Commission.  Please submit all feedback by July 1, 2015 for consideration by the Commission at its April meeting.  We appreciate your valuable input in updating our policies and guidelines.

  1. COMTA Student Outcomes Tracking Policy Approved 2015_04
  2. COMTA Distance Education Guidelines Approved 2015-04

PAST: Revised Policy and Guidelines Appendices – January 2015

At its January 28-30, 2015 meeting, the Commission approved ten (10) new or revised Policy/Guidelines documents to serve as part of the newly revised Accreditation Standards.  These approved documents are now presented for a Public Call for Comment period before enaction

Please click on each of the documents below to review and submit feedback to Commission Chair at chair@comta.org.  Only officially submitted written comments can be considered. No verbal or anonymous submissions can be considered by the Commission.  Please submit all feedback by March 31, 2015 for consideration by the Commission at its April meeting.  We appreciate your valuable input in updating our policies and guidelines.

  1. COMTA Advertising & Recruiting Policy 2015_01
  2. COMTA Cancellation & Refund Policy 2015_01
  3. COMTA Catalog Checklist 2015_01
  4. COMTA Clinic Guidelines 2015_01
  5. COMTA Enrollment Agreement Checklist 2015_01
  6. COMTA Faculty Qualifications Development & Evaluation Guidelines 2015_01
  7. COMTA Financial Reporting Guidelines 2015_01
  8. COMTA SAP Policy for Title IV Schools 2015_01
  9. COMTA Standard Academic Measurement Policy 2015_01
  10. COMTA Syllabus Guidelines 2015_01

 

PAST: Validity Study – All Standards
Every five years the COMTA Standards of Accreditation are evaluated both collectively and individually for 1) relevance to the educational or training needs of students and 2) whether they are adequate to evaluate the quality of the education or training provided by the institutions and programs we accredit. We conducted our last Validity Study in 2011. While the responses indicated that our standards were generally adequate, we found a number of ways to make what we consider significant improvements.

A revised version of the Standards of Accreditation was made available for public comment in 2013. The Commission received many useful comments to help refine the standards. The Standards Review committee evaluated all comments and made further revisions to the standards. A new version of the standards is in the final phase of editing, with an expected date of adoption sometime in the Fall of 2014.

The proposed revisions from 2013 focused on separating sections of the standards which would only apply to schools seeking Institutional accreditation status with COMTA from those standards which would apply to both institutional and programmatic statuses.