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Commission Actions July 2017

Call for Abstracts

Commission Approves 2017 Standards and

Publishing Student Outcome Data


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ACEN is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation


The ACEN Supports Academic Progression in Nursing


Communities Affected by Recent Natural Disasters

The ACEN Board of Commissioners, Chief Executive Officer, and staff extend our heartfelt concerns for all communities affected by the recent natural disasters.  We recognize that some of our programs’ administrators, faculty, staff, and students were displaced due to storm damage.  As a result, some colleges/institutions were forced to postpone classes and other administrative services, thus interrupting instruction.  Further complicating matters, some of our programs affected by these disasters have site visits scheduled in the next few weeks.  The ACEN’s Policy #6 Delay/Advancement of Accreditation Visit allows for a delay in a site visit when circumstances beyond the control of the nursing program occur; typically, these involve a major disruption such as natural disasters that interrupt the education of currently enrolled students. The ACEN also understands that potential decreases in administrative capacity caused by these disasters may impact the program’s ability to submit reports within pre-established timeframes. Programs that were affected by these disasters that require accommodations, i.e. revised site visit dates, should contact the ACEN staff as soon as possible.

Our first concern is for the safety and wellbeing of administrators, faculty, staff, students, and members of these communities.  Please know that the ACEN will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Call for Nominations
ACEN Board of Commissioners
and Nominating Committee

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is seeking nominations for five (5) Commissioners for the ACEN Board of Commissioners and one (1) member for the ACEN Nominating Committee. The ACEN values the perspectives of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and seeks to include the broadest range of perspectives within the composition of the Board of Commissioners.


ACEN Program Administrators Workshop
April 4, 2018 Workshop

Learning the role and responsibilities of the program administrator and progressing from a novice to an expert in the position requires a well-planned orientation and mentoring process. This workshop provides the novice and advanced-beginner program administrator with information related to the ACEN accreditation policies and processes.


Announcing the Inaugural
ACEN Annual Accreditation Conference

The Steering Committee of the ACEN Accreditation Conference is proud to announce our Inaugural Conference scheduled July 12-14, 2018 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel – CNN Center.

The conference theme is “Quality Education through Accreditation.”

The purpose of this conference is to provide a scholarly forum in which faculty, nurse administrators, and students of ACEN-accredited programs share best practices in nursing education.


ACEN History of Ensuring Quality
in Nursing Education

From Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton to Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman, nursing has a rich history; a history that may not be known by many but is upheld through nursing education and nursing education accreditation. The ACEN is a proud member of the nursing community, with decades of experience in nursing education accreditation and an eye on the future.


What Does It Take for an
Accrediting Agency to Earn Recognition?

In the United States there are two entities that recognize accrediting agencies – the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The USDE defines recognition as “…an accrediting agency complies with the criteria for recognition…and that the agency is effective in its application of those criteria.” Additionally, an agency is “…a reliable authority regarding the quality of education or training offered by institutions or programs it accredits…” The ACEN is recognized by both the USDE and CHEA…


Why Eight-Year Accreditation Cycles?
8 Years Is 8 Years…

A question often asked is why is the accreditation timeframe for ACEN eight (8) years instead of ten (10) years like other accrediting agencies, and whether ACEN is considering changing its accreditation cycle from eight (8) years to ten (10) years?