The American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation conducted its regularly scheduled visit to Antioch University New England (AUNE) during the first week in December to assess the PsyD program for reaffirmation of its accreditation. The visit was exhaustive ; over two days, the site visit team interviewed students, faculty, alumni, staff, AUNE administrators, and practicum supervisors.
The team looks at the program’s goals and objectives to make sure they’re consistent with its educational model, said Kathi Borden, chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology. They want to know, in effect: Are students meeting the program’s learning objectives? How successful are the graduates? Does the program have adequate resources such as faculty, materials, scholarships, training opportunities, and professional development?
The team also provided some feedback to the program. They commented particularly on the strength of the Department of Clinical Psychology’s three centers: the Psychological Services Center, Multicultural Center for Research and Practice, and the Center for Research on Psychological Practice, and on its diversity training. Most noteworthy were comments about the collaborative spirit and strength of the relationships among faculty, students, and staff.
AUNE’s PsyD program was first accredited in the 1980’s and its accreditation was last affirmed seven years ago. It’s extremely important for the viability of the program, Borden said. It means that an external review of the program finds that it meets recognized standards in psychology education and training. It demonstrates to the world that we have a high quality program.