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School’s strengths cited after accreditation review team completes site visit3 min read

May 25, 2024

School’s strengths cited after accreditation review team completes site visit3 min read

A large group of people stand in a large room while eating food and talking to each other.
Dean Jacques Nör (front, center) talks with faculty members Rodrigo Maia (gesturing) and Ron Heys during a reception thanking faculty and staff for their preparation for the CODA site visit and for the ongoing success of the school.

Ann Arbor, Mich., May 25, 2024 – The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) completed its site visit at the School of Dentistry in March, and preliminary findings identified numerous strengths during the formal review that American dental schools must complete every seven years.

The initial, verbal report from the site team members will be followed in coming months by a final written report and accreditation verification.

Among the strengths cited by members of the CODA team:

• A highly supportive staff and excellent facilities.

• Strong mentoring of junior faculty.

• A research culture that is strong, not only in basic science, but also in clinical and educational research.

• The Community-based Collaborative Care & Education (CBCE) program was cited as a service to the broader community and helps students learn the value of caring for the underserved.

• The school’s humanistic environment created and fostered by faculty, staff and students benefits the entire community and the delivery of patient care.

• A strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is exhibited within the School of Dentistry and throughout the U-M campus.

CODA is an independent organization that serves the public and dental profession by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs. Every seven years, schools prepare a comprehensive self-analysis and self-study report detailing their resources, curriculum, policies and operational standards. Then a site visit team, comprised of dental school faculty and administrative peers from around the country, visits each school to verify the self-study and ensure programs meet minimum accreditation standards.

During a school-wide reception marking the completion of the CODA site team visit from March 26-28, Dean Jacques Nör noted that the accreditation process required dedication and a significant amount of time from faculty and staff across the school over many months prior to the visit. “We are truly ‘living our values’ and delivering meaningful outcomes in our work everyday to educate students, conduct research and deliver patient care,” he said. “I am very thankful for all that you have done to make our site visitors feel welcomed in the school.  I am very proud of our school, the school that you enrich every day through your work and your commitment to inclusive excellence.”

The school is reviewing and will act on three potential recommendations to enhance its programs in the coming months.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral healthcare education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.