ABHES PROGRAM SPECIALIST AND TEAM LEADER EVALUATOR TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
A POLICY STATEMENT
The importance of the challenge you have undertaken to serve ABHES as an evaluator, whether in the capacity of program specialist or team leader, cannot be understated. You are the eyes and ears of the ABHES Commission. You represent ABHES; not only as an evaluator, but given the grave importance of the evaluation process to accreditation itself, what you say and do and your abilities as an evaluator is reflective of ABHES. ABHES is committed to ensuring each evaluator has the necessary background and experience and is thoroughly trained to carry out this important function.
Team Leaders –
•At least two years of related education or administrative experience
•Suggested previous service on site visits with ABHES or other recognized accrediting agencies; and
•Knowledge of and ability to review: student refunds, clock/credit hour conversion and allocation, satisfactory academic progress, and general compliance with federal regulations required to be evaluated by accrediting agencies
Program Specialists –
•At least two years of related experience;
•Appropriate educational background,
•Credentialing in the field, as applicable,
•Evidence of teaching or development of curriculum or service as a practitioner, and
•Evidence of currency in the field through active participation in the profession.
Distance Education and Baccalaureate Programs –
ABHES requires evaluators of distance education and evaluators of baccalaureate degree programs to complete specialized training in addition to the education, experience and evaluator training requirements to serve as an ABHES evaluator outside of these areas. ABHES periodically offers specialized workshops regarding distance education and baccalaureate standards and assessment. In addition to meeting all other requirements to serve as an evaluator, completion of such workshop within the past three years is required in order to be assigned to evaluate a distance education or a baccalaureate program.
Associate Degree -
•Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a program accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Baccalaureate Degree -
•Minimum of a master’s or earned doctorate degree from a program accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
•Five (5) years of instructional experience; student evaluation; academic advising; educational methods; or supervision of academic personnel, specific to the bachelor’s degree level, at a post-secondary institution.
•Experience in the review, evaluation, and assessment of postsecondary programs, including curriculum; educational resources (electronic and hard copy); faculty administration and oversight; student services; and all aspects of the educational program/s specific to the bachelor’s degree level.
•Aptitude and skill-set commensurate with the bachelor’s degree credential level.
Surgical Technology Program Specialists –
Training for Surgical Technology also includes additional review of the Surgical Technology standards.
For all evaluators with a specialty in Surgical Technology , please click on the link Surgical Technology Evaluator Training once you have completed the above general evaluator training:
Evaluator Training procedures:
(New evaluators and individuals who have not participated on a visit in three (3) years)
1.Participation in on-line training, or
2.Participation in an on-site Program Specialist or Team Leader Training Workshop (offered biannually) https://www.abhes.org/workshop_registration
If you are interested in serving as an on-site evaluator for ABHES, please review the policy statement, “The Importance of Evaluator Training,” which provides information such as minimum qualifications and training requirements to serve as an ABHES evaluator.
Submission requirements (prior to training AND serving on a site visit)
1. A signed statement agreeing to adhere to the ABHES statement of confidentiality, Disclosure and Recusal Concerning Actions Involving Potential Conflicts of Interest. Disclosure and Recusal Concerning Actions Involving Potential Conflicts of Interest
2. A completed Evaluator General Information, Expertise Form
Evaluator Area of Expertise Checklist for Program Specialist
Evaluator Area of Expertise Checklist for Administrative Team Leader
3. A current resume or vitae which must document all educational and experiential background, including specifically the minimum qualifications aforementioned.
Send completed forms along with current curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to provide this information to individuals within and outside of your organization who you believe may be interested and qualified.
Thank you for your consideration and appreciate any assistance you may provide ABHES as we strive to develop our evaluator database, likely the most important aspect of the accreditation process.