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NewsGuidance on Developing Quality and Interprofessional Education for Health Professions

USDE Letter of Continued Recognition


Current Issue:

Volume XIII Issue 01 – March 2019

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A proud partner of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

The ACEN Supports Academic Progression in Nursing

ACEN is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation


#2019ACEN Full Conference Program Now Available

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The full program for the 2019 ACEN Annual Conference has been released! The agenda features 53 concurrent sessions, a 4-hour pre-session with the ACEN Directors and Dr. Phillip Dickison, Chief Officer of Operations and Examinations at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), Peer Group Forums, 17 poster presentations, a keynote address by Dr. Rose Rivers from Restoring Joy to Leadership highlighting tips to incorporate joy into innovative leadership, and SO MUCH MORE! Don’t wait, register today! Price of registration increases to $799/person on June 1, 2019.



Registration for 2019 ACEN Fall Self-Study Forum and Program Administrators Workshop Now Open!

Self-Study Forum: October 10 – 11, 2019

Program Administrators Workshop: October 9, 2019

Have a site visit coming up? Are you new to accreditation? Does your faculty need a refresher on the current standards? Don’t miss your ACEN-hosted Self-Study Forum this fall! An excellent opportunity to delve deeper into the ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria, a Self-Study Forum helps you gain a better understanding of the Self-Study Report expectations and get ready for Peer Review, while also earning continuing education credit.


ACEN Board of Commissioners Elections

The 2019 ACEN Board of Commissioners election will begin on April 1, 2019. Votes may be cast until May 31, 2019, and newly elected commissioners will take office October 1, 2019.

The following Board of Commissioners positions are open:


  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?