Allen College Receives CCNE Accreditation

May 1, 2011

WATERLOO, IOWA — The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has reaffirmed the accreditation of the Bachelor of Science (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs offered by Allen College.  According to Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Nancy Kramer “We are delighted to have this affirmation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the high quality of our nursing programs.”  According to Vice Chancellor Kramer the two nursing programs received the maximum 10 years of accreditation for both the BSN and MSN degree programs. The accreditation will extend through June 30, 2021, with the next expected on-site evaluation in the fall of 2020. The College’s MSN program is also accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Agency (NLNAC).The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States. Accreditation by CCNE is intended to accomplish at least five general purposes:

  1. To hold nursing programs 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 these programs have mission statements, goals, and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles.
  2. To evaluate the success of a nursing program in achieving its mission, goals, and expected outcomes.
  3. To assess the extent to which a nursing program meets accreditation standards.
  4. To inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and to identify nursing programs that meet accreditation standards.
  5. To foster continuing improvement in nursing programs – and, thereby, in professional practice

School of Nursing Dean Dr. Kendra Williams-Perez, in speaking about the efforts to achieve reaccreditation, said “I want to thank everyone who participated in planning for the CCNE accreditation, especially the faculty, administrators, students and community partners who contributed to this wonderful outcome.”  Dr. Williams-Perez especially complimented the School’s faculty, noting that their long-standing dedication to excellence and student-centered teaching contributed greatly to the positive outcome of the accreditation process.


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