SMU’s Memorial Health Center has earned renewed accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), says Patrick Hite, FACHE, executive director, Health Services.
To achieve its status as an accredited organization, the Health Center passed a series of nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care as set by the AAAHC. Almost 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by the AAAHC.
“Accreditation underscores our long-standing commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality care to the community we serve,” Hite says. “We are very pleased and proud to have achieved accreditation; we believe this has helped us improve the quality of patient care and that our patients are the ultimate benefactors from our participation in the accreditation program.”
Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive on-site, peer-based survey of their facilities and services. The types of organizations that can apply for such accreditation include single- and multi-specialty group practices, ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, college and university health services, managed care systems, dental group practices, community health centers, and occupational health centers.
The Memorial Health Center has been accredited since 1998. The most recent survey extends its accreditation through 2014.
SMU is answering students’ calls for learning opportunities outside the classroom with a new program that will provide both structure and funding for their endeavors.
The University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – “Unbridled Learning: Engaged Learning Beyond the Classroom” – will allow all SMU undergraduate students to participate in at least one extensive experiential learning activity prior to graduation. The program will allow undergraduates to build on their formal education through participation in structured experiential learning beyond the classroom.
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The SMU community got its first detailed overview of proposed changes to the General Education Curriculum at a town hall meeting April 22.
New emphases on “demonstrated competencies” and broader double-counting of courses mark the proposed changes, as well as a new second-language requirement for all students. The proposals also will make the curriculum friendlier to long and multiple majors and minors and to transfer students from outside and inside the University, said committee co-chairs Dennis Cordell, Dedman College, and Tom Tunks, Associate Provost.
The University Curriculum – so called as the only course of study to be completed by all SMU undergraduates – is the result of work conducted by the General Education Review Committee. The committee was charged with completing the curriculum review, formulating recommendations for needed changes, and presenting a proposal for a new general education curriculum to Provost Paul Ludden by April 25, 2009.
Presentation of the proposal leads into the review’s next stage, in which a broad cross-section of faculty and staff members will address details such as identifying courses to keep or modify and developing metrics and other details, Tunks said. The new curriculum is expected to be in place for the 2011-12 academic year.
The length of the review process allows the University to “get it right,” as well as ensure that funds are in place for implementation, Tunks said. It also accomplishes the important objective of getting the SMU community involved and invested, he added.
“Through broad participation in developing the curriculum, what we develop is ownership of the curriculum,” Tunks said. “We tend to be more enthusiastic about the things we own than about things that were pushed at us by someone else. We look at this as a chance to build community at the University.”
Find an outline of the proposed changes and more information at The General Education Review homepage.
• Complete listing of SMU’s current General Education Curriculum
• Initial curriculum review planning guidelines
• Essential learning outcomes
• GEC opinion survey
• GEC Review blog, open to the SMU community
(Originally published Jan. 27, 2009.)
SMU Provost Paul Ludden presented a “cautiously optimistic” budget picture for the 2009-10 academic year at the 2009 Spring General Faculty Meeting Jan. 21. Faculty and staff pay increases will occur, he added. Assistant Professor Maria Dixon received a special award during the meeting. Read a recap under the link.