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July 2015

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Update to our Constituents
About ACEN Recognition

In my previous communication, I made a personal commitment to you that we would work with the National League of Nursing (NLN) to find a resolution to avoid the devastating consequences of the ACEN losing our recognition with the U. S. Department of Education (DOE) as an accrediting body.  Additionally, I promised to be transparent and provide you with timely updates. This communication is to provide you with the latest information related to the situation.


Fall 2015 ACEN Self-Study Forums

Atlanta Forum filled to capacity.
Limited space still available for Dallas – October 2-3, 2015

The Forum in Atlanta, GA – September 17-18, 2015 is now filled to capacity.  There is still limited space available for the Self-Study Forum in Dallas, TX for October 2-3, 2015. Click here to register.

The ACEN Self-Study Forums continue to be highly attended by nurse administrators and faculty of accredited programs.  Nurse administrators and faculty from programs planning and preparing for an initial or continuing accreditation site visit will find the Forum a valuable resource. Click here to learn more about the ACEN Self-Study Forums.

ACEN Policy Changes

It is our vision for the ACEN to be the leading accrediting agency for all levels of nursing education – nationwide and internationally.  ACEN will accomplish this by supporting the excellence and integrity of every nursing program accredited by the Commission and being the role model for accreditation best practices and effectiveness. As part of this effort, some ACEN policies were recently revised.

At their July 2015 meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved revisions to 12 ACEN policies.  The policy revisions reflect current practices in education, compliance with the USDOE regulations, and alignment with ACEN guidelines.  Additionally, the Board approved Policy #26 Professional Staff Relationship to the Board of Commissioners and Evaluation Review Panel.

Following the approval by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the revised policies are now in effect and are available in the Accreditation Manual at