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UPDATE: ACEN Recognition – Message from the CEO

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July 2015

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Fall 2015 ACEN Self-Study Forums

Atlanta Location Filled to Capacity
Limited space still available for Dallas – October 2-3, 2015

The Forum in Atlanta, GA – September 17-18, 2015 is now filled to capacity.  There is still limited space available for the Self-Study Forum in Dallas, TX for October 2-3, 2015. Click here to register.

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. 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

Update to our Constituents
About ACEN Recognition

In our last communication, we committed to keeping you updated on important information related to our efforts to maintain our recognition from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).  Last week, as expected the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) recommended to the Secretary of Education that ACEN should lose its recognition as an accrediting body. It was an unacceptable day for our organization. At our core, we are deeply committed to the more than 1,200 programs that ACEN accredits and the 200,000+ students that they prepare to become nurses and important contributors to our healthcare system.