CAHME Seeking Input on 120-Hour Synchronous Learning for Online Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

As part of the Strategic Plan approved by our Board, CAHME is embarking on an effort to gather input on the 120-hours of Synchronous Learning standard for online programs.

When CAHME revised its current standards two years ago, the Board agreed to evaluate the long-standing 120-hour standard, which, when it was implemented, served as a guidepost to assure that online learning met the high standards necessary to be CAHME-accredited.

The 120-hour metric, however, has been a topic of ongoing discussion among healthcare administrators, academicians, and students. Online educational technologies allow for more sophisticated and improved student experiences. The CAHME Board and Accreditation Council agree that this issue deserves additional consideration to make sure our standards maximize the provision of quality graduate healthcare management education.

To that end, during the ACHE Congress in March, CAHME will hold two focus groups to discuss the 120-hour standard with two key stakeholders: healthcare administrators and graduate students. In addition, in late January, we will send an electronic survey to program directors in the United States and Canada at both CAHME Accredited and non-accredited programs. The input from the focus groups and the survey will inform CAHME board deliberations on whether the 120-hour standard should be retained or amended in some way. I am grateful to the Standards Council, which is overseeing this important work, and to Brad Beauvais (Chair of the Standards Council), Karen Wager (Chair of the Accreditation Council), and Dolores Clement (CAHME Board member) for  their work on the task force.

We are seeking volunteer participants for both the student and practitioner (healthcare administrator) focus groups. If you would like to take part in the focus group (students/practitioners), or know of other healthcare administrators or students attending the ACHE Congress who might like to participate, contact me. The groups are tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, March 25, 2018. I will provide further details to any interested persons.  If you are a program director you will receive a survey;  the focus groups are not open to program directors.  All others may send to me an email with your thoughts.

I appreciate that your input will help to shape an important standard in graduate healthcare management education. Looking forward to your comments on this standard.

President & CEO
CAHME