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June 16, 2015

Dear Constituent:

As you may be aware, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the leading accrediting agency for all types of nursing education programs, has been in negotiations with the National League for Nursing (NLN) in an effort to achieve compliance with a long-standing federal regulation by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). Federal regulation states that as an accrediting agency, ACEN must be an independent entity and our current relationship with NLN is in violation. While NLN has publicly stated they would comply with the USDOE mandate, they have failed to fulfill this promise. As a result, the USDOE staff has recommended that our ability to accredit nursing programs and institutions be terminated.

For several years, the USDOE has asserted that NLN must allow ACEN to remove the consent provisions from its articles and by-laws for the organization to be independent. Doing so would enable us to maintain our recognition by the USDOE. However, NLN has refused and now our ability to serve as a Title IV gatekeeper and accreditor are in jeopardy.

On June 25-26, we will meet with the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a special committee of the USDOE that enforces the Federal regulation for recognition of accrediting agencies. We will present to NACIQI that we firmly stand behind our efforts to achieve compliance with the requirements of the regulation. We will also explain that we have tried numerous times to partner with the NLN to find a resolution and despite public assurances to the contrary, the League has not been cooperative.

Please be assured that we are still legally incorporated and remain recognized by USDOE. However, we ask our partners, colleagues and friends for your continued support of our organization, which accredits more than 1,200 nursing programs. Loss of accreditation would be catastrophic to the institutions and nursing programs that rely on us and a healthcare industry that is in dire need of nurses.

Collectively, our voice can encourage the NLN to quickly resolve this matter by granting our independence and ensuring that we are in compliance with USDOE regulation.

We are committed to reaching a solution so we can continue to set the standard for excellence in nursing education.

In the interim, we encourage you to contact NLN directly to share your opinion. Let them know that the future of your nursing program, students, faculty, and our profession depends on them doing the right thing.

National League for Nursing (NLN)
The Watergate
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Eighth floor
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 800-669-1656
Office of the CEO:

NLN Board of Governors
Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF
Dean and Professor
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
College of Nursing
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, University of Texas at Arlington
College of Nursing
411 South Nedderman Drive
BOX 19407
Arlington, TX 76019-0407

Joan L. Frey, EdD, MSN, RN
Dean, Louisville Campus Galen College of Nursing
1031 Zorn Avenue
Suite 400
Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Patricia Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, ANEF
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street
Mail Stop 6221
Lubbock, TX 79430

Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB # 7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Gail Baumlein, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF
Franklin University
School of Nursing
201 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215

Carol A. Boswell, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Texas Tech University
Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing
800 West 4th Street
Odessa, TX 79763

Pamela A. Di Vito-Thomas, PhD, RN, CNE
Methodist College of Nursing
415 St. Mark Court
Peoria, IL 61603

June Larson
University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences
Associate Dean of Health Sciences
414 E. Clark
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390

John Lundeen, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Samford University
Attn: School of Nursing
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

G. Elaine Patterson, EdD, RNC, CNE, APRN-C
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Janet Phillips, PhD, RN, ANEF
Indiana University School of Nursing
1111 Middle Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Johnson Hall
Indiana, PA 15705

George D. Velianoff, PhD, RN, FACHE, ANEF
1855 Nashville Lane
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Connie S. Wilson, EdD, RN, CNE
University of Indianapolis
1400 E. Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC
North Shore-LIJ Health System
North Shore University Hospital
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030

David Johnson
President, Laerdal Medical Corporation
P.O. Box 1840
167 Myers Corners Road
Suite 201
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Michael A. Newsome, CRA
Research Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Nursing
1100 E Leigh Street
P O Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298

Please reach out with any questions and we thank you for your trust and support.


Dr. Mary Lou Rusin
Mary Lou Rusin, EdD, RN, ANEF
Chair, ACEN Board of Commissioners


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