Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to Publishing Job Placement Data
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education issued a new requirement that any published job placement data be verified from a reliable data source. Per ACEN Policy #29 Advertising and Recruitment of Students, all ACEN-accredited nursing programs are required to continue publishing their licensure/certification pass rate and program completion rate however, there is now a choice regarding publishing the job placement rate. In accordance with the Department’s requirement, the job placement rate may only be published if it is verified from a reliable data source (e.g., outside agency, third-party vendor) before publishing.
The ACEN is aware that most programs collect self-reported employment data from graduates and/or employers and these data are not verified from a reliable data source; programs may continue operating this way. However,
- If a program does not have a process to verify the job placement data from a reliable data source, then the job placement rate may not be published.
- If a program does have a process to verify the job placement data from a reliable data source, then the job placement rate may be published.
Note, a program must continue to collect, analyze, act on, and report job placement data as required by Standard 6 Outcomes including but not limited to:
- When the program is seeking initial or continuing accreditation.
- When requested by the ACEN such as for the Annual Report.
- When required for a substantive change.