News & Updates

Fundamentals of terminology related to Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

USDE Letter of Continued Recognition

ACEN 2017 Report to Constituents

Publishing Student Outcome Data


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NEWVolume XII Issue 03 – September 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

Final Call for Abstracts
Deadline: October 31, 2018

The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2019 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference is fast approaching and we highly encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration at this event! We are seeking abstracts for one-hour and two-hour concurrent sessions, two-hour and four-hour pre-sessions, and poster presentations. For more information or to make a submission, please visit the abstract submissions page.

Your ACEN Annual Report Support Team brings new resources

For the 2018 Annual Report, we have provided an array of new resources designed to help those completing the report make this year’s Annual Report as painless and worry-free as possible! Those resources include not only a totally re-designed instruction manual that serves as a step-by-step walk-through of the survey (providing instructions, insight, suggestions, and exactly what answers we are looking for) but also a series of Orientation Videos covering the operation of each section of the report, a dynamically updated Frequently Asked Questions page containing answers to the most commonly asked questions the ACEN Annual Report Support Team fields from constituents, a discussion forum contained within the newly-launched ACEN Center, where constituents can post questions regarding the annual report and collaborate in an environment of discussion and conversation with one another, a monitored email address providing a 24-hour turnaround time on all Annual Report-related inquiries, and a weekly LIVE webinar series, where constituents can interact with our ACEN Annual Report Support Team in real-time, every Thursday at 2pm EST.

The goal of all of these resources is to help you make this Annual Report process as quick and easy as possible.

Access all of these resources here.


ACEN Board of Commissioners and
ACEN Nominating Committee

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is seeking nominations for seven (7) 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 and the Nominating Committee.


Spring 2019 Self-Study Forums

Atlanta | March 14-15, 2019

Los Angeles | April 11-12, 2019


Be sure to also register for the additional post-session 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.


Spring 2019
Program Administrators Workshop

Effectively Leading an ACEN-Accredited Program

Atlanta | March 13, 2019


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.


 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?