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NEWACEN 2016 Report to Constituents

Commission Actions July 2017

Call for Abstracts

Employment Opportunities


Commission Approves 2017 Standards and

Publishing Student Outcome Data


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ACEN is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation



The ACEN Supports Academic Progression in Nursing


 Public Notice of Proposed New Policy #33

Per ACEN Policy #11, ACEN is providing notice of a proposed new policy – #33 Financial Responsibility. This proposed policy only applies to only governing organizations/nursing programs for which the ACEN serves in a Title IV financial aid gatekeeper capacity (typically, some practical nursing programs and some hospital-based programs).

Interested parties have the opportunity to offer comments from August 21, 2017 to September 21, 2017.


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

Please join us in welcoming our new Commissioners! The newly elected members to the ACEN Board of Commissioners are comprised of two nurse educators, one nursing service representative, and one public representative. Re-elected for a second consecutive term is Catherine McJannet.


Pictured from left to right – Nursing Education Representatives: Linda Miles, Catherine McJannet, Gwendolyn Taylor; Nursing Representative: Lenetra Jefferson; Public Representative: Steve Eckman

They will all join the Board of Commissioners for a three-year term effective October 1, 2017. Also elected to the ACEN Nominating Committee is Dr. Georgia Vest. For more information about the ACEN Board of Commissioners, go to the “About” section in the main menu.

ACEN Program Administrators Workshop
November 10, 2017 | Registration Now Open

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.



Announcing the Inaugural
ACEN Annual Accreditation Conference

The Steering Committee of the ACEN Accreditation Conference is proud to announce our Inaugural Conference scheduled July 12-14, 2018 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel – CNN Center.

The conference theme is “Quality Education through Accreditation.”

The purpose of this conference is to provide a scholarly forum in which faculty, nurse administrators, and students of ACEN-accredited programs share best practices in nursing education.


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?