January 2016

Volume X - Issue 01

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
ACEN Board of Commissioners and
Nominating Committee

 

The ACEN is seeking nominations for open positions on the Board of Commissioners and the Nominating Committee. The following positions are on the 2016 election ballot:

  • One (1) nurse educator representing baccalaureate, master's, and/or doctoral nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse educator representing associate nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse educator representing diploma nursing programs
  • One (1) nurse clinician/practitioner representing nursing service
  • One (1) member representing the public
  • One (1) nurse educator for the ACEN Nominating Committee

We encourage you to nominate a colleague or yourself for one of these important positions. More information about the Board and Committee vacancies, the nomination process, and the application materials that are required is available on the ACEN website. Nominations are due to the ACEN office by February 28, 2016. We hope you will consider serving in one of these essential roles in support of nursing education programs.

 

Please refer to ACEN Policy #2 for qualification of nurse educator, nurse clinician/practitioner, and public member and Policy #1 for conflicts of interest.  ACEN policies can be found in Section II Policies of the Accreditation Manual available at www.acenursing.org/accreditation-manual.

 

 

    

ACEN Welcomes Opportunities to Speak, Present, or Participate in Upcoming Meetings 

 

During 2015 ACEN was invited to make a customized presentation or asked to contribute expertise.  We appreciatively worked with our accredited programs and colleagues at the:

  • Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN), Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
  • Accreditation Workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Colorado Organization of Associate Degree Nursing
  • Community College Baccalaureate Association
  • Council on Occupational Education
  • ENA-IENP – Emergency Nurses Association
  • Florida Department of Education Task Force
  • Institute of Medicine – The Future of Nursing
  • Kansas University – Community College Nursing Partnership (KUCCNP)
  • LACE – Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education Network
  • Maine Organization of Associate Degree Nursing
  • National Coalition of Hospital Associated Schools and Colleges of Nursing
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • NONPF – National Organization for Nurse Practitioner
  • North Carolina Organization of Associate Degree Nursing
  • Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
  • Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Florida Council of Nursing Education Administrators
  • Self-Study Forum, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Council for Health Professions Education

ACEN is available to make a customized presentation or contribute expertise at your event.  Let us know how we can assist you and your colleagues.

 

 

Why Eight-Year Accreditation Cycles?

 

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?

 

About 12 years ago the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) told all accrediting agencies that a ten (10) year interval between accreditation cycles was too long of an interval. Currently, eight (8) years is the longest acceptable interval between accreditation cycles. Yes, some accrediting agencies have a ten (10) year interval between accreditation cycles however, to satisfy the USDOE mandate all institutions/programs must demonstrate compliance through an interim report midway between cycles – at the fifth year. This report carries all the weight that any review by the accrediting agency's governing board bears.

 

For example, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has a ten (10) year cycle and Fifth Year Interim Report. The same is true with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which requires all its accredited programs to produce a continuous improvement progress report at the fifth year. So at face value it appears as if some accrediting agencies have a ten (10) year cycle and while true, what many don't realize is all institutions/programs must write an interim report too. So in reality, institutions/programs are doing an accreditation process/report every five (5) years.

 

ACEN is not considering changing its eight (8) year accreditation cycle. At ACEN eight (8) years really means eight (8) years; ACEN accredited programs are not doing an accreditation process midway through the accreditation cycle.

 

 

Ebony King Appointed as Director of Accreditation Services

 

It is exciting to announce the appointment of Ebony King as the Director of Accreditation Services.  Ebony King joined ACEN as Director on January 6, 2016 and comes with a strong record of accreditation and academic accomplishments in the healthcare and postsecondary education areas.  She has successfully guided healthcare facilities and academic institutions through various accreditation activities to include institutional and programmatic accreditation, new program proposals and approvals, and program revisions.  She has broad and deep experience in nursing and allied health program development and instructional design for on-ground and eLearning platforms. 

 

Ebony has served in various academic leadership roles to include Vice President of Academic Excellence for Medtech College, Director of Programmatic Accreditation, and Assistant Director of Nursing Programs for Accreditation and New Program Development at Kaplan Higher Education Corporation.  She has served as a member on the Advisory Board for the National Health Careers Association (NHA) and currently serves as a surveyor for the Accrediting Commission for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), AdvancED, and the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).  Ebony holds a Diploma in Surgical Technology, Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, and is completing a Master of Science in Education degree from Ashford University.

 

 

 

2016 Schedule of Fees


The mission of ACEN is to support the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation.  ACEN continuously look for ways to reduce costs in order to maintain a fair and reasonable fee structure for our programs.  With the ever-increasing costs of travel, ACEN must increase visit fees (for the first time ever) and revised other fees.

 

The following fee changes are effective January 1st, 2016;

Domestic Programs
Revised Fees
  -  Focused Visit/Follow-up Visit: $2,350
     (plus travel expenses related to visit)
 New Fees - APPEALS
  -  Administrative Appeal Fee: $2,500
  -  Notice of Intent to Appeal Fee (per program): $5,000

 

The Notice of Intent to Appeal Fee must be submitted with the written Notice of Intent to Appeal.  The Appeal Process Fee is due within forty-five (45) calendar days of the submission of the Notice of Intent to Appeal.  The appeal will be considered withdrawn if the program fails to submit the Appeal Process Fee within forty-five (45) calendar days of the submission of the Notice of Intent to Appeal.  The Appeal Hearing will not be scheduled until the Appeal Process Fee has been paid in full.   Additionally, the appellant program may be charged a non-refundable Administrative Appeal Fee.  Credit cards are not an acceptable form of payment for the Notice of Intent to Appeal Fee, the Appeal Process Fee, or the non-refundable Administrative Appeal Fee. 

 

International Programs
Revised Fees
  -  Consultation Visit Fee: $1,750
     (each day per evaluator, plus travel expenses;
     minimum five (5) days)

The following fee changes are effective May 1st, 2016;

 

Domestic Programs
Revised Fees
  -  Site visit fee: $915
     (each day per evaluator)
  -  Self-Study Forum Registration fee: $475
     (one (1) to two (2) attendees from the same nursing program)
  -  Self-Study Forum Registration fee: $425
     (three (3) or more attendees from the same nursing program)
International
Revised Fees
  -  Site visit fee: $1,750
     (each day per evaluator, plus travel expenses;
     minimum five (5) days)
  -  Self-Study Forum Registration fee: $475
     (one (1) to two (2) attendees from the same nursing program)
  -  Self-Study Forum Registration fee: $425
     (three (3) or more attendees from the same nursing program)

 

The Schedule of Fees for 2016 are available for review in the Resources section under Nursing Programs on the ACEN website or www.acenursing.net/resources/fees2016_Revised_010616.pdf.  The ACEN staff will be happy to assist you with any questions about the fee schedule.

Limited Space
Still Available at
Self-Study Forums

 

The Spring 2016 ACEN Self-Study Forums are filling to capacity, and registrations will soon be closed. Limited space is still available at both Forums.

 

The Self-Study Forum is one of the most comprehensive and valuable resources available for nurse administrators, faculty, and staff in preparing for an ACEN accreditation review. The Forum covers the accreditation processes, writing to the Standards and Criteria, and the details of an onsite visit.
  
For more information or to register for the Forum, visit www.acenursing.org/self-study-forums.

 

ACEN Seeks Applicants for Associate Director

 

The ACEN is seeking applicants for an Associate Director. The Associate Director is a member of the professional staff of the Commission, appointed by and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. This individual handles primary liaison responsibilities between currently accredited programs and those seeking accreditation.

 

This position affords an opportunity for a qualified and experienced nurse educator or administrator to work with nursing education faculty to advance excellence, accountability, and continuous quality improvement in all types of nursing education programs.

 

More information regarding this position is available online at www.acenursing.org/acen-employment-associate-director-2

 

Nominate a Colleague
to Serve as a
Public Member of
the Appeal Panel


The purpose of the Appeal Panel is to review the Board of Commissioners' decision to deny initial accreditation or deny continuing accreditation of a nursing program.  An appeal occurs only if a nursing program pursues this action.  See ACEN Policy #10 at this link: 
    
Do you know a person interested in serving as a public member on the Appeal Panel?
 
 Public members are individuals with no connection to the discipline of nursing. An individual representing the public may not be:


1. An employee, an owner, or a shareholder of a governing organization with any accredited or non-accredited nursing program or candidate/applicant nursing program.


2. A member of a governing organization's governing board with any accredited or non-accredited nursing program or candidate/applicant nursing program.


3. A consultant to any accredited or non-accredited nursing program or candidate/applicant nursing program.


4. Affiliated or associated with any nursing accreditation agency or nursing organization such as AACN, ANA or NLN.


5. A spouse, parent, child, or sibling of an individual identified in the above statements.


We encourage you to nominate someone to serve on this very important committee.  Please send your nomination to publicmembernonimation@

acenursing.org.

 

Public Notice of Proposed New and Revised Policy Changes

 

Per ACEN Policy #11, ACEN is providing notice of the proposed revised policies as well as Policies #27, 28, 29, and 30.  Interested parties have the opportunity to offer comments from January 25, 2016 to February 15, 2016.

 

For more information, visit www.acenursing.org/public-notice-new-revised-policies-january-2016.

 

The 2014 ACEN
Report to Constituents

 

The 2014 ACEN Report to Constituents is available at www.acenursing.org. The Report is compiled by the ACEN professional staff using data from the Annual Reports submitted by the 1,200+ nursing programs accredited by ACEN. The Report also contains data from the accreditation cycles of Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. We are pleased to report that ACEN-accredited programs continue to demonstrate positive outcomes for students, including the success rates for the licensure and certification examinations as well as high program completion rates. The Report to Constituents is available for download at www.acenursing.net/
resources/RTC2014.pdf
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