U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is a standing committee of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The COCA currently accredits 23 osteopathic colleges of medicine and provisionally accredits another six. Because these osteopathic medical education programs may be offered in either freestanding institutions offering only these programs or in larger institutions offering other educational programs, the agency is considered both an institutional and programmatic accreditor.
Of the 29 colleges of osteopathic medicine accredited or provisionally accredited by AOA COCA, three are located in freestanding institutions. For these institutions, AOA COCA accreditation is a required element in enabling them to establish eligibility to participate in Title IV, HEA programs. During this recognition period, the Department has received no third party comments and no complaints for the American Osteopathic Association.
The AOA COCA, as previously configured, was first recognized by the U.S. Commissioner of Education in 1952 and has received periodic renewal of recognition since then. The agency was last reviewed for continued recognition in 2005. In 2006 the Secretary granted continued recognition to the AOA COCA for a period of five years and granted it a waiver of the separate and independent requirements. At this time, the Secretary also required the AOA COCA to submit an interim report on outstanding issues which the Secretary accepted in 2007. The agency's renewal petition is the subject of this analysis.
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.
The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.