In 2009, the 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.