USDE GRANTS CONTINUED RECOGNITION
TO THE ACEN

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…

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PUBLIC NOTICE:
Proposed Revisions to Policy #4

Per ACEN Policy #11 Public Notice of Proposed Policy Changes, ACEN is providing notice of proposed revisions to Policy #4. Interested parties have the opportunity to offer comments from May 22, 2018 to June 22, 2018.

The revisions are proposed to facilitate transparency, clarity, and understanding regarding the Board of Commissioners’ accreditation decisions and the timing of these decisions.

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GET READY TO VOTE!
ACEN Board of Commissioners
2018-2019 Elections

The 2018 ACEN Board of Commissioners election will begin on April 1, 2018. Votes may be cast until May 31, 2018, and newly elected members will take office October 1, 2018.

The Nurse Administrator, as the ACEN-accredited program representative, will receive an email from Big Pulse, a third-party election vendor that the ACEN contracted to host the online election process… the email will provide a link to the 2018 election ballot as well as general voting instructions.

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ACEN Fall 2018 Self-Study Forum
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

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.

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 ACEN Program Administrators Workshop
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.

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The ACEN and OADN
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:

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 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.

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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…

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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?

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