ULM Faculty instrumental in West Ouachita Senior Center accreditation | ULM Forum 10-14-11
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The West Ouachita Senior Center recently became the first in Louisiana to earn a prestigious national accreditation with help and guidance from University of Louisiana at Monroe faculty and continued support from ULM students.
This type of accreditation is rare, and in the case of the WOSC is only the 201st center in the nation to earn the accreditation - a number comprising only about two percent of senior centers nationwide.
ULM faculty members Dr. Charlotte Owens, Dr. Paula Griswold and Patty Costello all served as committee members during the process.
Interim Department Head of Gerontology, Sociology and Political Science Dr. Karen Kopera-Frye was also one of the contributing committee members and served as the external evaluator for the application process.
According to Kopera-Frye, the rigorous application materials sent in impressed officials in Washington, D.C. to the point that they will now use many of the evaluation and assessment tools designed by Kopera-Frye as barometers for handing out new accreditations.
ULM and the WOSC have a 28-year partnership that includes student internships in gerontology and speech and language pathology, fieldwork and projects, health screenings from nursing students, and collaboration with the ULM Older Worker Program.
Air Date: Fri, 10/14/2011