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July 2016

Commission Approves 2017 Standards and

Publishing Student Outcome Data

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ACEN Annual Report
2015-2016 Academic Year

The ACEN is preparing for the distribution of the 2015 – 2016 Annual Report. Access to the Annual report will be available on October 21, 2016 and must be submitted to the ACEN office no later than November 21, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern. Upon receipt of the annual report, please be sure to print a copy of the report from the link provided so that you may have a copy to reference as you gather the requested data.


ACEN Seeking Nominations
for Commissioners and Nominating Committee

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is seeking nominations for open positions on the Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee. The following positions will appear on the 2017 election ballot.


Welcome Newly Elected Commissioners


Pictured left to right: Mr. Andrew FulpDr. Debbie Rahn; Dr. Vivian Yates; Dr. Kathleen Zajic; and elected for a second consecutive term is Dr. Jessica Estes.  The newly elected Commissioners, comprising of three nurse educators and one public representative, along with Dr. Estes representing nursing service, will join the Board effective October 1, 2016.  Click here for additional information about the 2016-2017 ACEN Board of Commissioners.

ACEN Board Approves
2017 Standards and Criteria for Accreditation

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is pleased to announce that after careful review and consideration of all comments received, the ACEN Board of Commissioners voted at its July 2016 meeting to approve the revisions to the Standards.


 Learn About the New 2017 Standards and Criteria
ACEN Spring 2017 Self-Study Forums

Registration is now open for the Spring 2017 Self-Study Forums.  In March 2017, we look forward to seeing you in the “Big Easy”, New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2017.  The Forums will feature the 2017 ACEN Standards and Criteria.  Learn about the new Standards and Criteria and current policies in accreditation review. Gain knowledge in systematic planning for program evaluation and assessment of outcomes. Attend program specific sessions to discuss areas of mutual interests. Participate in networking opportunities and earn continuing education credit.  Register early! Click here for more information about the ACEN Self-Study Forums or to register.

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?