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Staff Report
to the
Senior Department Official
on
Recognition Compliance Issues

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1.
Agency:   Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (2003/2010)
                  (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
 
2.
Action Item:   Petition for Continued Recognition
 
3.
Current Scope of Recognition:   The accreditation and preaccreditation throughout the United States of graduate-level, four-year naturopathic medical education programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) or Doctor of Naturopathy (ND).
 
4.
Requested Scope of Recognition:   Same as above.
 
5.
Date of Advisory Committee Meeting:   December, 2015
 
6.
Staff Recommendation:   Renew the agency’s recognition for five years.
 
7.
Issues or Problems:   None.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 
 

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY

 
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is a programmatic accrediting agency. CNME’s current scope of recognition is the accreditation and preaccreditation throughout the United States of graduate-level, four-year naturopathic medical education programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) or Doctor of Naturopathy (ND).

Currently, CNME accredits five naturopathic medical education programs in the United States and preaccredits one program in Puerto Rico. These programs are located in institutions of higher education that are accredited by the appropriate recognized regional accrediting agencies.

Accreditation by CNME is not a required element for participation in Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) programs. Therefore, the agency does not have to meet the separate and independent criteria. However, the agency’s accreditation or preaccreditation is a required element in enabling students and graduates of the programs it accredits or preaccredits to participate in certain Federal non-HEA programs. Specifically, CNME accreditation or preaccreditation is linked to at least two Federal non-HEA programs.

One Federal link is the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA), offered through the National Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The AREA grant requires eligible applicants to hold a degree (MD, DDS, MPT, DC, ND or equivalent degree) from a program accredited by a body recognized by the Secretary of Education.

Another Federal link, also an NIH program, is the Extramural Loan Repayment Program (LRP) authorized by the Public Health Assistance Act. LRP eligible applicants must have an equivalent doctoral degree (including a specific reference to the ND) from an accredited institution. According to the Public Health Service Code these schools must be accredited by a body recognized for accreditation purposes by the Secretary of Education.


 
 
Recognition History
 
The Secretary of Education first recognized CNME in 2003 as a programmatic accreditor for a period of two years, which was the maximum period of time granted for initial recognition at that time. Since then, the Secretary periodically reviewed the agency and granted continued recognition.

The last full review of the agency took place at the December 2010 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). After that review, the Department renewed the agency’s recognition for a period of five years. Since the agency satisfied all of the Criteria for Recognition, no compliance report was requested at that time.

As part of its evaluation of the agency’s current petition for continued recognition, Department staff reviewed the agency’s narrative and supporting documentation. The Department received no written complaints regarding CNME during this review period, and no third-party comments in connection with the agency’s petition for continued recognition.


PART II: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

 
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition.
 
 

PART III: THIRD PARTY COMMENTS

 
The Department did not receive any written third-party comments regarding this agency.