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Volume XIII Issue 02 – June 2019: The Site Visit Issue

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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

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.


Please welcome the new members of your Board of Commissioners

THE VOTES ARE IN! Effective October 1st, 2019, these newly and reelected Commissioners will join the Board of Commissioners who govern your ACEN…



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?