Register for the spring 2019 Self-Study Forum today!

2019 Spring Self-Study Forum  |  Los Angeles

Los Angeles | April 11-12, 2019

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Be sure to also register for the additional post-session titled “Taking it to the Next Level: Tackling Standards 4 and 6 Head On” focusing on the most challenging lessons learned during the forum and how to avoid the most common pitfalls. Participants of the post-session will walk away with a deeper understanding of the connections between the most commonly cited criteria in Standard 4 and Standard 6.


 Call for Comments:
Proposed Transition-to-Practice Policies

The ACEN Board of Commissioner’s approved Standards and Criteria for the accreditation of Transition-to-Practice programs in July 2018. The ACEN is excited to seek public comments on the proposed Transition-to-Practice Policies. Interested parties have the opportunity to offer comments from February 25, 2019 to April 12, 2019.


 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?