The Evaluation Review Panel
The peer Evaluation Review Panel (ERP) is appointed by the ACEN Board of Commissioners. The role of the ERP is to assure that the process of peer evaluation has been carried out according to the Accreditation Standards and Criteria. The panelists review the findings of the visit team as presented in the Site Visitors’ Report compared to the program self-study and catalog and make a recommendation for accreditation status to the Commission.
The role of the Evaluation Review Panel is to validate the work of the site visitors and extend it by noting points of agreement and raising any questions where disagreement or a lack of clarity exists. In the latter case, site visitors are available by telephone during panel deliberations and may enter into discussion with the panel to assure an accurate understanding of the Site Visitors’ Report. The aim is to promote a seamless review that has integrity and does justice to the program under review. The role of the professional staff is to facilitate the work of both review groups.
Panelists do not conduct a de novo review of the program(s). Rather, they determine the adequacy of the evidence to support each standard and criterion. The purpose is to see that the ACEN Standards and Criteria are applied consistently across all programs reviewed by the panel. Finally, they make a recommendation to the Commission on the accreditation status of each program.
Evaluation Review Panel – Spring 2015 Accreditation Cycle June 1-5, 2015
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Nursing Program Representative Attendance at the Evaluation Review Panel Meeting
The nurse administrator and one (1) additional program representative may attend* the deliberations of the Evaluation Review Panel about the program in person or by telephone conference. The attendees are observers during the presentation of the program, panel deliberations, and vote; attendees will not be asked to respond to questions or to clarify information. No documents relative to developments occurring after the site visit may be used during the deliberations. At the conclusion of the panel deliberations, the nurse administrator is invited to address the Evaluation Review Panel.
*Nurse administrators planning to attend the deliberations of the Evaluation Review Panel, a list of hotels in the immediate area is available at www.acenursing.org/hotels.