USDOE Renews ACEN Recognition

March 15, 2016

Dear Constituent:

We have important and exciting news to share. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is pleased to share that the Secretary of Education of the United States Department of Education (USDOE) has renewed our recognition as an accrediting agency and Title IV gatekeeper.

As you may recall last December, we met with the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) regarding our recognition with the USDOE. The USDOE staff and NACIQI concluded that ACEN was in compliance with all USDOE requirements including the “separate and independent” requirement. Their recommendation was reviewed and approved by the Secretary.

Given the high demand for nurses at all education levels, maintaining recognition from the USDOE is an important step forward for ACEN accredited programs and the broader healthcare community. Now that ACEN’s recognition is renewed, we are even better positioned to advance our commitment to academic excellence in nursing.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this process.



Marilyn S. Brady, PhD, RN
Chair, ACEN Board of Commissioners


Marsal P. Stoll, EdD, MSN
Chief Executive Officer, ACEN