Walla Walla University was notified by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) that continuing accreditation for the baccalaureate nursing program would be denied, effective July 23, 2014.

Through its attorney, the university issued a notice of appeal to the ACEN. The accreditation will remain in place during the time of the appeal.

It’s important to note:

-       The ACEN’s accreditation review did not fault the School of Nursing’s curriculum, quality or outcomes.

-       The action was taken because of failure to meet one accreditation standard—that all Walla Walla University School of Nursing faculty possess a master’s degree.

-       After the ACEN's 2011 recommendation, the university understood it would be required to demonstrate “significant progress” towards the credentialing standard. As a result, the university reported to the ACEN:

o   22 of the 24 School of Nursing faculty either already hold or are in the process of obtaining their master’s degrees.

o   The two part-time faculty members who hold only bachelor’s degrees and are not yet enrolled in a master’s program are specialists in critical care and pediatrics, with significant field experience.

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Last update on August 22, 2014