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Call for Abstracts

Employment Opportunities

Commission Actions March 2017

ACEN 2015 Report to Constituents

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

Draft 1 ACEN Standards and Criteria
for Transition to Practice (TTP) Programs

Approximately two years ago the ACEN was approached by representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to accredit Transition to Practice programs. After a yearlong journey by faculty and clinicians from ACEN-accredited programs and representatives from direct care settings, the ACEN is excited to present for public comment the first draft of Standards and Criteria for Transition to Practice Programs.

What is a Transition to Practice Program?


Call for Abstracts
2018 ACEN Nursing Education
Accreditation Conference

The Steering Committee of the 2018 ACEN Nursing Education Accreditation Conference invite you to submit an abstract for the conference, July 12-14, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Topics for one-hour concurrent sessions and poster presentations include, but are not limited to, creative partnerships for nursing programs; innovative online or hybrid delivery of nursing courses or nursing programs; resourceful utilization of preceptors; inventive faculty mentoring programs; faculty evaluation processes; evidence-based initiative; student orientation programs; grievance and/or complaint procedures; curriculum maps for established professional nursing standards, guidelines, competencies, diversity, and standards of practice; academic progression pathways, assessment of student learning outcomes; assessment of program outcomes; and data collection and analysis of job placement rates.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, September 29, 2017, 11:59 pm (Eastern Time). Applicants will be notified via email by November 24, 2017 of acceptance decisions.


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 Administrator 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?