Saint Cloud Technical and Community College
Program Type: Associate
St. Cloud, Minnesota


This is a summary of the action taken by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at its meeting on March 13-14, 2014.

The Board of Commissioners voted to deny initial accreditation to the associate nursing program. This decision is based on the ACEN policy that programs applying for initial accreditation must be in compliance with all Accreditation Standards and Criteria.

Evidence of Non-Compliance by Accreditation Standard and Criterion

Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.2, 4.7, and 4.8

  • There is a lack of evidence that the student learning outcomes are used to organize the curriculum and guide the delivery of instruction.
  • There is a lack of evidence that evaluation methodologies are varied, rigorous, and measure the achievement of the student learning outcomes.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the length of time and credit hours required for program completion are consistent with national standards and best practices.

Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.4.1

  • There is a lack of evidence that the licensure examination pass rates are at or above the national mean.

The associate program has the right to forward comments regarding the Commission decision to the ACEN by May 7, 2014.  The ACEN will forward to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education any comments submitted by the associate nursing program.