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MEAC Highlights 2011

• In July, we celebrate the 20th year of MEAC's incorporation. Let the party begin!!

• In June, Birthwise Midwifery School was granted re-accreditation for June 2011 to June 2016.

• In April, Bastyr University Department of Midwifery, formerly the Seattle Midwifery School, was granted re-accreditation for April 2011 to April 2015.

• In March, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, introduced HR 1054 "Access to Certified Professional Midwives Act of 2011". Congratulations to all the hard work done by the supports of MAMA!

• In February, MEAC was notified by the USDE Assistant Secretary that the USDE continues the recognition of MEAC with a report due in March 2012!!!!!!!!!!

• In February, Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery went from pre-accreditation status to accreditation. Accreditation period is February 2011 to July 2012.

MEAC Highlights 2010

• In December, Executive Director Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MEAC Board President Holly Scholles, and past President Ellie Daniels, traveled to Washington, DC for the NACIQI hearings set to determine USDE continued recognition of MEAC.

• In September, the MEAC Standards review process began with the creation of a Standards Review Advisory Committee.

• In August, Nasima Pfaffl joined MEAC as the Accreditation Coordinator.

• In July, MEAC submitted their petition for continued recognition by the US Department of Education.

• In June, MEAC moved to electronic submission of continuing education applications.

• In May, Maternidad La Luz was granted re-accreditation status from May 2010 to September 2015.

MEAC Highlights 2009

• In October, the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery was granted re-accreditation from October 2009 to December 2014.

• In October, the first teleconference Member School meeting was held, and was very well attended.

• In August, MEAC's application for membership to the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) was approved.

• In July, Midwives College of Utah and the National College of Midwifery were granted re-accreditation from July 2009 to July 2014.

• In June, Executive Director Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko led an on-line Accreditation Review Volunteer Orientation Workshop.

• In April, the MEAC Board of Directors began drafting a new Philosophy Statement that was adopted October 21, 2009.

• In April, Bastyr University Department of Naturopathic Midwifery was granted re-accreditation from April 2009 to July 2014. National Midwifery Institute was granted re-accreditation from April 2009 to September 2013.

• In March, MEAC partnered with MANA, NACPM, CfM, and ICTC to launch Midwives And Mothers in Action (MAMA) to advocate for CPMs at the federal level.

MEAC Highlights 2008

• In October, MEAC held a pre-conference workshop at the MANA Conference titled The Midwifery Model of Accreditation: Quality, Strength and Diversity in Education. Midwifery educators and administrators from across the country attended to learn more about MEAC and to prepare for accreditation.

• In August, the MEAC office moved to La Conner, WA. Be sure to update your records with the new mailing address and phone numnber for the office.

• In July, MEAC hired a new Executive Director, Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH and a new Administrative Assistant, Kristin Effland, CPM, LM.

MEAC Highlights 2007

• In August, the MEAC BOD approved new Standards of Accreditation, the culmination of a year of focused work.

• The revision of our Accreditation Handbook has been completed, and we are underway with the updating of our Site Visit materials.

• Reports filed this year indicate that in 2006, there were 582 students enrolled in MEAC accredited programs. 77 students graduated. In 2006, MEAC schools turned out 65 new CPMs.

• From 2004 –2006, there were a total of 197 graduates. Of these, 173 took the NARM exam, and 97% of that cohort passed. Half of the graduates also took their state exam and got licensed.

• At the beginning of 2007, there were 422 students actively enrolled in MEAC programs.

• Our operating budget is comprised of approximately 80% revenue from the schools’ sustaining fees, and 20% grants and donations. About 1% comes from the support of our sister organizations.

• We have one new school beginning the process of accreditation, and four other potential candidates. We offer these schools one on one support through our Accreditation Specialist.

• We will have four renewal of accreditation applications due in this fiscal year.

• We are writing a grant to fund a “Future of Midwifery Education Summit”, which will involve educators, policy makers, and midwives in an important national dialogue.

• We invited our sister boards to a training on our new Standards, and continue to work toward greater transparency and collaboration with other boards.

• We have submitted our application for a renewal of recognition with the US Department of Education (USED) and will attend the meeting of National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity in Washington, DC, in December. The USED analyst was in attendance at our Fall meeting to observe.

• We have had two resignations from the BOD, Jodie Palmer and Allison Israel, and are actively searching to fill these vacancies through Spring, 2009.

• At this time, having adopted our new standards, submitted our petition for recognition to the USED, strengthened the board, established the position of Accreditation Specialist, and had several years of operating in a fiscally sustainable model, our Executive Director is stepping down. A new Executive Director will be hired by the beginning of the year, and Mary Ann will be instrumental during the training and transition period.

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