USC University of Southern California


In 2009, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC received full accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

CODA, an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, reviews dental schools every seven years. Schools are evaluated against standards that establish expectations for the school’s mission, evaluation and planning, and educational programs, as well as its governance, resources, facilities, research, practice, faculty and students.

For accreditation, schools are required by CODA to conduct a self-evaluation and submit a self-study report detailing how the school meets each standard. A team of qualified peer reviewers conducts an on-site visit to validate the findings of the self-study. During the site visit, the team interviews school administrators, faculty, students, staff, and university officials. The team also inspects the school’s facilities, examines documentation corroborating the self-study and prepares a report of its findings. The report is reviewed by the CODA board responsible for granting accreditation.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry submitted its most recent self-study to CODA in 2008 and was visited by a review team in April 2008.  The CODA board reviewed and accepted the site team’s report and the School was fully accredited in 2009.  The next dental site visit will be April 7-9, 2015.

Complaint Policy and the Commission on Dental Accreditation

In advance of the site visit of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, any enrolled student, faculty, program administrator, specialty and dental-related organization, patient, and consumer may contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation to file a complaint with the Commission. A complaint is defined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation as one alleging that a Commission-accredited educational program may not be in substantial compliance with Commission standards or require accreditation procedures. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related educational programs but does not intervene on behalf of individual or act a court of appeal for individual matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.

Complaints must be filed with the Commission on Dental Accreditation by February 6, 2015. Comments must be signed; however, signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program. Comments must pertain only to the standards of the particular program or to policies and procedures used in the Committee’s accreditation process.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or Commission’s policy and procedures for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653.