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18WinTerthemostimportantingredientinthequalityofaschool.Whilethereareal-waysshortagesoffull-timefacultytheaccreditationprocesscloselyexaminesthenumberanddistributionoffacultyinrelationtotheschoolsmissiongoalsandobjectives.Theaccreditationstan-darddoesnotstipulateaspecificnumberoffacultyorthwartinnovationbutitas-suresthatthefacultyisabletomaintainthevitalityofacademicdentistryasthewellspringofalearnedprofession.Sothereisastandardthatpromotesalearnedprofessionavisionuponwhichtheentireprofessionagrees.Moreoversitevisitteamsarechargedwithassuringthatschoolsmeetthatstandard.IdisagreewithBertolamisessaybe-causetheaccred-itingprocessdoestakeintoconsid-erationdiffer-encesindentalschoolsmissionsandgoalsbutas-suresthatallschoolsnewandestablishedmeetstandardsthatareacceptedbytheacademythepracticingcom-munityandthelicensingcommunity.Ifallschoolsmeetthesestandardsthereisnotatwo-tiersysteminsteadthereisasystemthatallowsdifferencesinprogramaroundasetofcommonlyagreed-uponstandards.Thismakestheentiredentaleducationsystemdynamicandcompeti-tiveandkeepstheprofessionstrong.Dentistryhasmadeenormousadvancesasaprofessioninscientificunderstand-ingofdiseaseincludingpreventionandtreatmentfrombasictotranslationalre-searchandintopractice.Themeansareatourdisposalasaprofessionthroughaccreditationtokeeptheprofessionvitalandlearned.BenchmarkingandrankingsThefirstsystemforrankingdentalschoolsoccurredin1918attherequestoftheSurgeonGeneral.SchoolswereratedasClassABorCschools.2TheimplicationwasthatThegraduatesofClassAschoolsaremorecompetentthanthegraduatesofClassBandCschoolstopassagivenstateboardexam-ination.Howeverthatwasnotthecaseastherewasnocorrelationbetweenthetwo.GraduatesofClassBandCschoolswerejustaslikelytopasstheexamina-tionsasthoseofClassAschools.Therankingofdentalschoolswasdiscontin-uedintheearly1990sandtheCouncilonDen-talEducationthepredecessortoCODAwassetuptoexamineschoolsunderanaccreditationprocess.Idontagreethatbenchmark-ingorrankingsofschoolsisnec-essaryorwillprovidethepublicandap-plicantswithmoreinformationthanisalreadyavailable.Thepublicisassuredthroughaccreditationthatschoolsad-heretominimumstandardsandthattheirgraduatesarereadyforlicensure.Ina2010AmericanDentalEducationAs-sociationADEASymposiumAssess-mentPortraitsofChangeImadethefollowingcommentsrakofuvstsadaduatschoolsbcampopulawththlaypublcth1980swhthU.S.NewsandWorldReportbatsaksystm.Whlmdcalschoolsaakddtalschoolsaot.SomhavaskdwhyU.S.Newsdostakdtalschools.itallythwasaakfodtalschoolsbutaftxamthakmthodoloythwasaback-lashbydtalducatosaastthaksystmadalldtalschoolsfusdtopatcpat.itwasvwdasapopulatyop-opollofthfacultyadadm-statoswhoaswdthsuvyaththaatuassssmtofthschools.Dtstysttholycompotofhhduca-totoctczthaksbutwatholyoswhohavbabltokpoutofwhatmaycosdaawdsystmthatdostfalypstthqualtyofpoams.ThU.S.Newsaksystmhascomudmuchctcsmadsomctcsstatthattsjustalstofctathatmosthsupcalchaactstcsofltcollsaduvsts11ThaksabbusssfoU.S.Newsthptdssuofthaksslls50pctmomaazsthathulassuadthwbsthas10mllopavwsoaaksssucompadto500000atypcalmoth.gvthawdatuofthU.S.Newsaksaoupot-talstudtsbttoslct-adtalschooltoattdwthoutdtstybcluddPottalstudtsfodtstyhavtodomosachadafabttfomdaboutschoolsfomthsachthabybldlyfollowthU.S.Newsaksoayothsuchak-IdisagreewithBertolamisessaybecausetheaccreditingprocessdoestakeintoconsid-erationdierencesindentalschoolsmissionsandgoalsbutassuresthatallschoolsnewandestablishedmeetstandardsthatareacceptedbytheacademythepracticingcommunityandthelicensingcommunity.