August 4, 2013

Dear Colleague:

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the New York Supreme Court issued a preliminary injunction in the ongoing litigation between the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the National League for Nursing (NLN). Unfortunately, this order is a setback in our efforts to comply with the separate and independent regulations as set forth by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for those accrediting agencies willing and committed to serving the role of an HEA Title IV Gatekeeper. Please be aware that the ACEN intends to appeal this order and to continue to fully meet the requirements of the USDOE and the directive from the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) that the ACEN be truly separate and independent of the NLN, the trade association.

While we pursue these necessary steps, the daily operations of the ACEN and our support of the ACEN-accredited nursing programs continue uninterrupted. There have been no changes or alterations in the site visit schedules, the offerings of the Self-Study Forums, or any of the activities of the agency. The ACEN is currently a USDOE-recognized accrediting agency, and the ACEN-accredited nursing programs are not affected in any way by the most recent action.

As always, the ACEN remains committed to quality nursing education for all types of nursing programs. We will continue to do whatever is legally required to maintain our recognition by the USDOE in order to accredit and support all six (6) types of nursing programs. We remain steadfast in our commitment to maintaining our recognition by the USDOE as an HEA Title IV Gatekeeper. This recognition enables us to fulfill our mission to the nursing profession as a whole, and we remain the only specialized accrediting agency for all types of nursing programs.

We look forward to resolving these issues and continuing to work with our partners in ensuring excellence in the nursing profession. Please contact us if you have any questions.


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

Sharon J. Tanner, EdD, MSN, RN
Chief Executive Officer