Dear Friend of the WellStar School of Nursing,
The WellStar School of Nursing will be hosting an on-site evaluation team from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, website) from October 22-24, 2012 as part of the accreditation renewal process for the WSON undergraduate program. The visitors will be meeting with members of the university and professional community as part of their evaluation.
This review is conducted to ascertain the WSON’s compliance with accreditation standards of the CCNE. As a part of the evaluation process, the WSON is asked to inform its communities of interest of the opportunity to provide written input to the review team for their deliberations. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by the CCNE through September 22, 2012. All communications should be directed to:
Ms. Cristina Walcott
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Please note that the CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team. The evaluation team only considers third-party comments that relate to the program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. At no time during the review process are these comments shared with the WSON. However, all compliance concerns related to the accreditation standards will be identified in the accreditation report and the program will have an opportunity to respond to those concerns as part of its response to that report.
What is CCNE?
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) “is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. A specialized/professional accrediting agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective education practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and support continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.”
Accreditation by CCNE is intended to accomplish at least five general purposes:
- To hold nursing education programs accountable to the community of interest- the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families- and to one another by ensuring that these programs have mission statements, goals and outcomes that are appropriate for programs preparing individuals to enter the field of nursing.
- To evaluate the success of a nursing education program in achieving its mission, goals, and outcomes.
- To assess the extent to which a nursing education program meets accreditation standards.
- To inform the public of the purpose and values of accreditation and to identify nursing education programs that meet accreditation standards.
- To foster continuing improvement in nursing education programs- and thereby in professional practice
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