News & Updates

USDE Letter of Continued Recognition

ACEN 2017 Report to Constituents

Commission Approves 2017 Standards and

Publishing Student Outcome Data


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NEWVolume XII Issue 02 – June 2018

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A proud partner of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

ACEN is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation


The ACEN Supports Academic Progression in Nursing

ACEN Fall 2018 Self-Study Forum

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.


 ACEN Program Administrators 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.



Nursing Education Programs in the USA and Worldwide Benefit

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is proud to share that the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has once again granted recognition to the ACEN as a specialized accreditor for nursing education programs.

On May 9, 2018, the ACEN received the decision letter from Diane Auer Jones, Senior Policy Advisor form the Office of Postsecondary Education at the USDE, stating that the recognition of the ACEN was renewed for a period of five years…


Congratulations to the Newly Elected and Reelected Members to the ACEN Board of Commissioners

Pictured left to right: Dr. Kristen Barbee and Dr. Margaret Fournier

Pictured left to right: Dr. Jo Ann Baker; Dr. Amy Hall; and Dr. John Russell

Please join us in welcoming your newly elected and reelected Commissioners! The newly elected members to the ACEN Board of Commissioners are Kristen Barbee (nursing educator representative) and Margaret Fournier (nursing service representative). Reelected for a second consecutive term are Jo Ann Baker and Amy Hall (nursing educator representatives), and John Russell (public representative). These Commissioners will serve a three-year term effective October 1, 2018 through September 30 2021.

Dr. Ann Bain was elected to the Nominating Committee and will serve a three-year term effective October 1, 2018 through September 30 2021.


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:


 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?