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Update to Constituents from Dr. Marcy Stoll, ACEN CEO

Open Position: Director of Accreditation Services

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July 2015

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Welcome Newly Elected Commissioners

Dr. Jo Ann Baker Dr. Hollie Caldwell Dr. Amy Hall Dr. John Russell

Please join us in welcoming four newly elected Members to the ACEN Board of Commissioners. The new Members include three educators and one public member. Pictured left to right are: Dr. Jo Ann Baker; Dr. Hollie Caldwell; Dr. Amy Hall; and Dr. John Russell. Also elected for a second consecutive term is Dr. Raquel Pasaron (not pictured here). The new Commissioners will be joining the Board at their upcoming meeting in mid-November. The Board of Commissioners elects Board Chair Dr. Marilyn Brady, Vice Chair Dr. Ann Bain, and Treasurer Marsha Purcell. Information about the Members of the ACEN Board of Commissioners is available in the About section of our website.

Update to our Constituents
About ACEN Recognition

In the spirit of continuing my commitment to you of transparency regarding ACEN’s status as an accrediting body, I wanted to provide you with the latest information from the U.S. Department of Education.

Last week, we were notified that the U.S. Department of Education recommended ACEN’s recognition status be reevaluated by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). This latest action is based in part on the agreement we announced last month with the National League for Nursing (NLN) regarding updates to our bylaws. We are scheduled to participate in NACIQI’s December 2015 meeting where the committee will likely make a final recommendation regarding our status as an accrediting body.


Spring 2016 ACEN Self-Study Forums

The ACEN Self-Study Forums continue to be highly attended by nurse administrators and faculty of accredited programs.  Nurse administrators and faculty from programs planning and preparing for an initial or continuing accreditation site visit will find the Forum a valuable resource.  We are now accepting registrations for the Spring 2016 Self-Study Forums in Phoenix and Atlanta.  Click here to learn more about the ACEN Self-Study Forums.

ACEN Policy Changes

It is our vision for the ACEN to be the leading accrediting agency for all levels of nursing education – nationwide and internationally.  ACEN will accomplish this by supporting the excellence and integrity of every nursing program accredited by the Commission and being the role model for accreditation best practices and effectiveness. As part of this effort, some ACEN policies were recently revised.

At their July 2015 meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved revisions to 12 ACEN policies.  The policy revisions reflect current practices in education, compliance with the USDOE regulations, and alignment with ACEN guidelines.  Additionally, the Board approved Policy #26 Professional Staff Relationship to the Board of Commissioners and Evaluation Review Panel.

Following the approval by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the revised policies are now in effect and are available in the Accreditation Manual at