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Question about ACEN Accreditation Status

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I want to apply for a community college near my house to get an associate degree. I noticed the accreditation status for that college is

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[TD]"Next evaluation visit: Fall 2022 with Conditions Follow-Up Report - Spring 2017"

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What does this mean?

I really want to pursue a higher degree after this so I care about its accreditation status.

Any comments will greatly appreciated!

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

It means the school is noncompliant in 1-2 areas of evaluation, has been informed and told to fix it, and may have those issues addressed in a follow up visit. The school associated with my hospital received conditions due to 2 instructors who did not yet have an MSN. Solution? Those 2 instructors completed their MSN.

ACCREDITATION WITH CONDITIONS OR WARNING STATUS1. A nursing program is placed on continuing accreditation with conditions when the programhas been found to be in non-compliance with one (1) or two (2) Accreditation Standards.

a. When a nursing program has been placed on continuing accreditation with conditions,the program must submit a Follow-Up Report addressing the Standard(s) with which thenursing program was found to be in non-compliance; a follow-up visit may be requiredwithin a specified period of time. The Follow-Up Report, or Follow-Up Report andFollow-Up Site Visit Report, and Evaluation Review Panel Summary will constitute thebasis for Commission action. The Commission may accept the Report if the nursingprogram is in compliance with the identified Accreditation Standards or not accept theReport if the program remains in non-compliance. Nursing programs demonstratingcompliance will be granted continuing accreditation. Nursing programs not in compliancewith the identified Accreditation Standards will be (1) placed on continuing accreditationwith warning for good cause, or (2) denied continuing accreditation and the nursingprogram is removed from the listings of accredited programs.

2. A nursing program is placed on continuing accreditation with warning when the program hasbeen found to be in non-compliance with three (3) or more Accreditation Standards.

a. When a nursing program has been placed on continuing accreditation with warning, theprogram must submit a Follow-Up Report addressing the Standard(s) with which thenursing program was found to be in non-compliance, and a follow-up visit is requiredwithin a specified period of time. The Follow-Up Report, Follow-Up Site Visit Report,and Evaluation Review Panel Summary will constitute the basis for the Commissionaction. The Commission may accept the Report if the nursing program is in compliancewith the identified Accreditation Standards or not accept the Report if the programremains in non-compliance. Nursing programs in compliance will be granted continuingaccreditation. Nursing programs not in compliance with the identified AccreditationStandards will be (1) continued on continuing accreditation with warning for good cause,or (2) denied continuing accreditation and the nursing program is removed from thelistings of accredited programs.

Source: http://www.acenursing.net/manuals/policies.pdf starting on page 13