News & Updates

NEWACEN 2018 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference program now published!

Systematic Plan of Evaluation Part I: Assessment of End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

ACEN 2016 Report to Constituents

Commission Approves 2017 Standards and
Criteria

Publishing Student Outcome Data

 

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NEWVolume XI Issue 04 – December 2017

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A proud partner of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

ACEN is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

CHEA-recognized

The ACEN Supports Academic Progression in Nursing

 

Limited Spots Remain in
the ACEN 2018 Self-Study Forums

Based on feedback from our Self-Study Forum participants we have revitalized the Self-Study Forum agenda to bring you a new and improved format! The renewed program includes more time spent on the standards, more real-life examples, more interactive guidance, and less redundancy. Furthermore, we are now offering an additional post-session CEU opportunity titled “Taking it to the Next Level: Tackling Standards 4 and 6 Head On” focusing on the most challenging lessons learned during the forum and how to avoid the most common pitfalls. Participants of the post-session will walk away with a deeper understanding of the connections between the most commonly cited criteria in Standard 4 and Standard 6. Don’t wait, register today!

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.

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The ACEN and OADN
Announce a Partnership

ATLANTA, Dec. 5, 2017 – The board members of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) made the announcement today that the two organizations have entered into a partnership. The goal of this partnership is to increase the benefits and the efficacy of the support network for associate degree nursing (ADN) programs and their students. While both the ACEN and OADN will continue to operate completely independently and will not gain any ownership interests, rights, or financial stakes in the companion institution, the constituents of each organization will see many benefits starting as early as December 2017:

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 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.

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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…

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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?

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