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The ACEN Supports Academic Progression in Nursing


Relief Efforts for Devastated Areas

Over the course of the last few weeks, several communities in the United States, including ACEN-accredited programs located in these communities, have been impacted by natural disasters. These places include Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (see list of programs here). We recognize the hardship that many in the ACEN family are currently facing and wish to express our support of the nursing students, nursing programs, and their faculty, staff, and families.

The ACEN understands the value of charitable donations and we have done extensive research to bring you a list of what we feel are four meritorious organizations that you may wish to support. If you have been wondering how you can help those impacted by the recent storms, we hope that this list will help you:


The Neighborhood Health Clinic in Collier County, Florida delivers quality medical and dental care to low income, working but uninsured adults, using a volunteer professional staff. The Clinic operates with 500+ medical volunteers, serves over 10,000 patients annually, and is funded solely by private philanthropy. Collier County is the second largest county in Florida and their services are now more crucial than ever. Donations can be made at Aside from monetary contributions the Clinic is also in need of physical donations, such as tarps, insect repellent, and personal hygiene products.

Puerto Rico

The Hispanic Federation is the nation’s premier Latino non-profit membership organization. Anticipating the immense impact of Hurricane Maria, the Hispanic Federation convened government officials and community leaders in New York, Connecticut, Florida, and Washington DC to create the UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program. The objective of the program is to meet hurricane-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico. One hundred percent of contributions to the UNIDOS Fund goes to help the immediate and long-term recovery needs of children, families, and communities in distress from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Donations can be made at


To support the Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation, is leading the charge to raise $100 million for the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Rebuild Texas Fund is about people helping people in our time of greatest need as well as addressing the long-term effort ahead. Every penny donated goes to relief, recovery, and rebuild efforts. Donations can be made at

U.S. Virgin Islands

In response to the devastating impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has established two funds to collect and distribute monetary donations for the purposes of providing immediate relief and supporting long-term community renewal efforts. The CFVI has been serving the U.S. Virgin Islands for more than 25 years, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the cause. Donations can be made at

By working as one, the ACEN family can help those in these disaster zones, and we encourage all members of the ACEN family to be supportive of these affected regions. Thank you.

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?