Self-Study Forum & Program Administrators Workshop

As of Summer 2020 the in-person Self-Study Forum (SSF) & Program Administrators Workshop (PAW) has been cancelled for 2020. SSF & PAW will return in Spring 2021 as a hybrid event, please subscribe to our ACEN Event Newsletter for updates.

Why was the Self-Study Forum (SSF) and Program Administrators Workshop (PAW) held in Alexandria, VA cancelled for September 2020?

Offering the SSF and PAW face-to-face seemed unlikely during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the evolving guidelines set-forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

How will the educational content of the Self-Study Forum (SSF) and Program Administrators Workshop (PAW) be offered?

The ACEN has received many requests to make the SSF and PAW available online. The ACEN strategic plan includes an initiative to expand online access to programs/services and the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated these plans. Therefore, the content of the SSF is rolling into a new enhanced eCourse titled Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria and the content of the PAW is rolling into a new enhanced eCourse titled Effectively Leading an ACEN Accredited Program. Both eCourses will be offered in an online, asynchronous, self-paced learning format within iSpring Learn (LMS).

Is there another option for SSF right now?

Yes, ACEN is offering Understanding and Applying the ACEN Standards and Criteria eCourse through our new ACEN Everywhere Virtual Learning Experience Portal. This provides an overview as well as cross functional training while focusing on understanding and applying the Standards and Criteria in order to attain and maintain program quality and compliance with S&C, describe program compliance in a written report, and demonstrate program compliance.

More information can be found HERE.

Is there another option for PAW right now?

Yes, ACEN is offering Effectively Leading an ACEN Accredited Program eCourse through our new ACEN Everywhere Virtual Learning Experience Portal. This program provides knowledge and skills to prepare program leaders for success.  There are four modules in Effectively Leading an ACEN-Accredited Program resulting in six continuing nursing education contact hours.  These self-paced modules are perfect for adult learners with various learning styles who prefer online instruction.

More information can be found HERE.

 More information on ACEN Everywhere: Virtual Learning Experience can be found HERE.

Upcoming Self-Study Forums and Program Administrator Workshop

SSF & PAW will return in Spring 2021 as a hybrid event, please subscribe to our ACEN Event Newsletter for updates.

Information on the Self-Study Forum and Program Administrator Workshops

What is a Self-Study Forum?

A Self-Study Forum is an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into the 2017 Standards and Criteria. During this 1.5 day workshop, the ACEN Professional Staff will help you to prepare for your peer review, while also helping you earn continuing education units.

What is covered at the Self-Study Forum?

The ACEN Professional Staff will review all six ACEN Standards and assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of each Criterion within the Standards. The goal is to support nursing faculty and administrators with demonstrating compliance and provide guidance for writing the Self-Study Report for individual programs in preparation for an ACEN site visit. The 2019–2020 Self-Study program includes more time spent on the Standards, more real-life examples, and more interactive guidance, especially with Standard 4 Curriculum and Standard 6 Outcomes. There is also a focus on the most cited Criteria in the 2017 Standards and common challenges (based on ACEN data).

Who is a Self-Study Forum for?

Self-Study Forums are beneficial for nurse administrators, faculty, and staff of ACEN-accredited programs, or Candidate programs, as well as anyone considering ACEN accreditation. The best way to set your program up for accreditation success is to involve as many people as possible early in the process.

When is it most beneficial to attend a forum?

While forum attendance is beneficial at any stage of the accreditation process, the most benefit can be gained by attending two to three years prior to the next scheduled site visit. Seating for forums is limited, and representatives from ACEN-accredited programs and Candidate programs receive preference. For programs in Candidacy, it is recommended that program representatives attend as soon as possible after Candidacy status has been attained. Non-accredited programs that are interested in pursuing ACEN accreditation can also be accommodated on a space available basis.

What can I expect to gain from attending a Self-Study Forum?

You can expect to see the following benefits from Self-Study Forum attendance:

  • In-depth analysis and application of the 2017 Standards and Criteria
  • A deeper understanding of the Self-Study Report expectations
  • Demystification of the accreditation process and Peer Review
  • Participation in networking opportunities
  • Earning of continuing education units

What is the Program Administrator Workshop?

The target audience is the nurse administrators and program coordinators of currently-accredited ACEN programs with fewer than three years of experience in the role, the nurse administrators and program coordinators of programs with candidate status, or the nurse administrators and program coordinators of programs that recently obtained ACEN accreditation. Because of this, registration is limited to a maximum of two representatives per program.

Does the Program Administrator Workshop cover the same material as a Self-Study Forum?

The Program Administrators Workshop does not address the same topics as the ACEN Self-Study Forum. Those also interested in learning about the development of a Self-Study Report, preparation of a Follow-Up Report, or information related to an onsite accreditation review should register separately for the ACEN Self-Study Forum.