News & UpdatesACEN 2015 Report to Constituents Commission Actions
Commission Approves 2017 Standards and
Publishing Student Outcome Data
Volume X Issue 05 – November 2016
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ACEN is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
The ACEN Supports Academic Progression in Nursing
- Joint Statement on National Nursing Accreditation and Academic Progression
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation News Release
November 5, 2015
National Nursing Education Accrediting Agencies Endorse Academic Progression to Help Nurses Meet Future Health Care Demands
ACEN Seeking Nominations
for Commissioners and Nominating Committee
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is seeking nominations for open positions on the Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee. The following positions will appear on the 2017 election ballot.
ACEN Board Approves
2017 Standards and Criteria for Accreditation
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is pleased to announce that after careful review and consideration of all comments received, the ACEN Board of Commissioners voted at its July 2016 meeting to approve the revisions to the Standards.
Learn About the New 2017 Standards and Criteria
ACEN Spring 2017 Self-Study Forums
Registration is now open for the Spring 2017 Self-Study Forums. In March 2017, we look forward to seeing you in the “Big Easy”, New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2017. The Forums will feature the 2017 ACEN Standards and Criteria. Learn about the new Standards and Criteria and current policies in accreditation review…
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?