Since 2001, the PAS program at Grand Valley State University has held full Accreditation – Continued status. In May 2014, the program underwent a complete site visit and submitted a full self-study report. At the September 2014 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) approved the Accreditation-Continued status until 2023. Although receiving full accreditation, the ARC-PA review included citations related to self-assessment and therefore the program was required to submit an additional report regarding the self-assessment process. In August 2016, the program submitted the report: however, the ARC-PA found it to be inadequate, and as a consequence, has changed the accreditation status. The follow is a statement from the ARC-PA:
At its September 2016 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Grand Valley State University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Grand Valley State University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next validation review in September 2018.
Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).
It is important to note this change in status is in no way reflective of any issues with faculty, curriculum, student outcomes, or clinical education. The change is based solely on the self-assessment process and reporting that is done internally by the program. The ARC-PA noted that the program collected all the necessary data, but determined that the data was not “formally analyzed” or reported in the required manner.
The GVSU PA program remains accredited, and faculty and administration continue to be committed in providing an excellent PA education. The program has already begun work to improve the self-assessment process and looks forward to the validation review in September of 2018.