Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to Publishing Job Placement Data

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does not have a process to verify the job placement data from a reliable data source, then the job placement rate may not be published.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.
How often should we have job placement data verified?

Verification of job placement data is only required if a program chooses to publish the job placement rate. The nursing program/governing organization establishes how the job placement rate is verified. All job placement data that is published must be verified data from a reliable data source (e.g., outside agency, third-party vendor) before publishing.

Is there a required method to verify job placement data?

The ACEN does not endorse any method to verify job placement data. All published job placement data must be verified consistent with the requirement for 34 CFR 602.16 in the U.S. Department of Education Accreditation Handbook.

Is there a list of companies that verify job placement data?

The ACEN does not endorse any entity (e.g., outside agency, third-party vendor) to verify job placement data. All published job placement data must be verified consistent with the requirement for 34 CFR 602.16 in the U.S. Department of Education Accreditation Handbook.

Do we have to disclose the name of the company that verifies the data?

No, disclosure of the entity (e.g., outside agency, third-party vendor) used to verify the job placement data is not required.

What would be considered most recent data, or should we publish the most recent verifiable data?
Can we refer the public to our college's job placement data for aggregated data for the college as a whole?

All published job placement data must be verified consistent with the requirement for 34 CFR 602.16 in the U.S. Department of Education Accreditation Handbook.

Will my program be penalized if we choose to not publish verifiable job placement data?

No, publishing job placement data is optional per ACEN Policy #29 Advertising and Recruitment of Students.

Will my program be penalized if we publish unverified job placement data?

Penalty may occur. The U.S. Department of Education requires only verified job placement data is published.