Is my nursing program still accredited?

Yes. The ACEN is still recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency for nursing programs. We are the only accreditation body that accredits all types of nursing education programs and provides students with access to critical Title IV funding. Our efforts in the coming days and weeks will be to ensure our programs remain accredited. We are confident that if NLN does the right thing and abides by USDOE regulation we will be in compliance.

 

What is ACEN’s relationship to NLN?

ACEN and NLN operate separately from each other. Although ACEN is separate from NLN, ACEN must become independent from NLN to comply with U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) regulations, in order to retain our recognition and fulfill our commitment to over 1,200 ACEN accredited nursing programs and the thousands of students enrolled in these programs.

 

What happens if ACEN loses USDOE recognition?

This is not an option. We are the only accrediting agency that accredits ALL types of nursing programs, including practical, diploma, and associate degree programs, and the only agency that is authorized as a Title IV gatekeeper. There are too many programs, institutions, and nursing students at stake, so we are doing everything in our power to comply with USDOE regulations.

 

Can you trust NLN to act in ACEN’s favor now that it appears NLN will not honor its public commitment to take appropriate action to prevent ACEN from losing its recognition?

Unfortunately, by NLN not honoring its public commitment to take appropriate action to prevent ACEN from losing its recognition only further endangers the institutions, nursing programs, and nursing students who rely on ACEN accreditation for access to Title IV funds. We encourage NLN to do the right thing and abide by USDOE regulation that ACEN become an independent entity.

 

What are ACEN’s anticipated next steps toward a more permanent resolution?

We are pursuing every avenue available to us. However, this could be resolved today if NLN does the right thing and follows through on their public commitment to allow ACEN to become an independent entity as required by USDOE regulation.

 

Should programs and institutions begin looking to other accrediting bodies?

We are confident that this issue will be resolved. Our recognition is currently active but there is a serious threat to our continued status if NLN does not allow ACEN to comply with USDOE regulation to be an independent entity.

 

When did ACEN determine this situation was a threat and why have you taken so long to notify impacted parties?

Once the USDOE staff recommendation became available on June 15, 2015 to terminate the recognition of ACEN, it became apparent that at the upcoming NACIQI meeting on June 25-26, 2015, the Committee’s only choice will be to recommend termination of our accreditation. This issue is the result of NLN’s inaction, not USDOE. NLN can resolve this today if NLN does the right thing and follows through on their public commitment to allow ACEN to become an independent entity as required by USDOE regulation.

 

Has the ACEN already lost its ability to serve as an accrediting agency?

No. Be assured that ACEN is currently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency for nursing programs ACEN is also the only accreditation body that accredits all types of nursing education programs and provides students with access to critical Title IV funding. More information about our recognition can be found at http://www.acenursing.org/recognition/.

 

Who should I be in contact with if I have additional questions pertaining to this situation?

ACEN will provide timely updates and any updated information can be found at http://www.acenursing.org/.  If you have follow-up questions, please email acen@acenursing.org.