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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Retains it's Status as a Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Department of Education

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Retains
it's Status as a Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agency
by the U.S. Department of Education

WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2002 - The U.S. Department of Education has renewed its recognition of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Citing no stipulations or compliance concerns, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige has concurred with the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity's (NACIQI) recommendation to continue recognition of CCNE as a national agency for the accreditation of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs.

In the notification letter dated July 10, 2002, Secretary Paige stated that CCNE "is a required element in enabling accredited nursing education programs to be eligible to participate in programs administered by federal agencies." He also expressed his appreciation for CCNE's "continuing efforts to improve the quality of postsecondary education in the United States."

At its meeting in Washington, DC on December 11, 2001, NACIQI concluded that CCNE was in full compliance with the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition of Accrediting Agencies. Of the ten accrediting agencies reviewed at the meeting, CCNE was the only agency not cited for any major compliance concerns or other issues. Secretary Paige agreed with the Advisory Committee's findings, and in his July 2002 action, granted CCNE a five-year term, the maximum term allowable for continued recognition.

In addition to the Department's recognition process, CCNE received recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) on January 21, 2002. Founded in 1996, CHEA offers formal, non-governmental recognition of higher education accrediting bodies. This agency also identified no compliance concerns or other issues for CCNE to address.

An autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) -- the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing -- CCNE was established in 1996 as an agency devoted exclusively to the accreditation of baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing education programs to ensure the quality and integrity of such programs.

CCNE is in its fifth year of accreditation review activities. More than 60 percent of existing baccalaureate and master's degree nursing programs in the United States have affiliated with CCNE. To date, CCNE has accredited 389 nursing programs located at 244 regionally accredited colleges and universities. In the next two years, CCNE is scheduled to make accreditation decisions for an additional 230 nursing programs at 145 institutions.

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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 580 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. www.aacn.nche.edu.

CONTACT:

Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231
rrosseter@aacn.nche.edu