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20135LEEDCertifiedLEEDSilverLEEDGoldLEEDPlatinum.ThesearealldesignationsmadebytheU.S.GreenBuildingCouncilUSGBCwhenitestablishedaclearframeworkfortheenvironmentalsustainabilityofnewbuildingconstruction.LEEDisanacronymforLeadershipinEnergyandEnvironmentalDesign.Theterminologywillbefamiliartoanyonewhosbeeninvolvedinmajorbuildingprojectsonanyuniversitycampusinrecentyears.Theratingsreflecttherequirementsfordesignconstructionandoperationofhigh-performanceenviron-mentallysoundecologicallysustainablebuildings.WhatdoesthishavetodowithdentaleducationIbringuptheLEEDratingsys-temnottodiscussthephysicalconstructionofnewdentalschoolbuildingsratherImusingaLEED-styleratingsystemasamodelthatcouldbeadaptedtodentaleducationinordertogivedentalschoolapplicantsfacultymembersgovernmentalofficialsthemediaandthepublicamoreopenandhonestappraisalofwhatagiveneducationalprogramhastoofferandwhattheeducationalproductisreallyexpectedtobe.Thismakessensetomebecausedentalschoolshavenowdivergedsufficientlyfromeachotherintheirambitionstheireducationalphilosophiesandinthelearn-ingexperiencetheyofferstudentsbeyondtheminimumrequiredbyaccreditationstandardstoconfoundinterestedpartiesandobscuretheirsignificantdifferences.InfacttheAmericanDentalAssociationsCommissiononDentalAccreditationCODAstatementassuresthataccreditationcannotbeusedtodifferentiateamongdentalschoolsTpdtdtsdtdbytcssDtadttoptionalapprovedwithorwithoutreportingrequirements.Thatsit.Eventhepastpracticeofgivingdentalschoolscommendationsforgoodperformancehasnowbeendiscontinuedprobablybecausedentaldeanstalliedupcommendationsandusedthefinalnumberasapublicrelationstactictodistinguishtheirownschoolfromtherest.Increasinglythoughdifferentschoolshavediffer-entphilosophiesofferdifferenteducationsandyielddifferentoutcomes.CODAaccreditationdoesnttellusmuchbeyondthegraduatesbeingeligibleforlicensureinagivenjurisdiction.ThisisbecausetheCODAsys-temwasneverdesignedtolookathowdentalschoolsdifferfromeachotherbutrathertolookathowtheyarealikeinmeetinganagreed-uponcoreofminimumthedentALeduCAtionBuBBLeareWereaDYForaleeD-STYleraTingCarlsn.BrlamDDSDmdShrbtFxDnYucfDtstyMyproposalisnotintendedasareplacementfortheCODAaccreditationprocessbutratherasasupplementtoitforinterestedinstitutionsandindividuals.WecanthinkofCODAassimilartoacity-issuedpermittoconstructanewbuilding.CODAtherebyremainsfundamentalbutitisonlythebeginning.