Angelo State University’s Department of Nursing has earned re-accreditation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) following an extensive process that culminated with a campus site visit last fall by CCNE evaluators.
The CCNE officially re-accredited the ASU Department of Nursing for 10 years with no compliance issues. All three of ASU’s nursing education tracks – baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s – have been re-accredited individually and collectively.
“The extension to 10 years, from the usual five years, is a mark of excellence,” said Dr. Wrennah Gabbert, chair of the ASU Nursing Department. “This designation of ‘no compliance issues’ means we provided all the data and information required to demonstrate we did the hard work in every detail contained within the CCNE accreditation standards. I am proud of the processes we have put into place that we can continue moving forward into our altered academic environment.”
During the re-accreditation process, CCNE site visitors examine every aspect of an institution’s nursing education programs, including mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and program effectiveness.
CCNE accredits nursing programs to hold them accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families, nurse residents – and to one another by ensuring that they have mission statements, goals and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles. Accreditation is also intended to foster continuing improvement in nursing programs and, thereby, in professional nursing practice.
“We have attained a level of excellence in the delivery of nursing education that assures our students, community stakeholders and university leadership that our processes and procedures meet and uphold the standards of national nursing accreditation agencies and organizations,” Gabbert said.
ASU’s nursing programs have been accredited by CCNE since 2014, and were previously accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). They also hold full approval status from the Texas Board of Nursing.