Continued Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for ten years for Bachelor's and Master's Programs (2016)
Continued Accreditation from the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs for ten years for the Graduate Anesthesia Program (2016)
Accreditation is a nongovernmental process conducted by representatives of postsecondary institutions and professional groups. As conducted in the United States, accreditation focuses on the quality of institutions of higher and professional education and on the quality of educational programs within institutions. Two forms of accreditation are recognized: one is institutional accreditation, and the other is professional or specialized accreditation. Institutional accreditation concerns itself with the quality and integrity of the total institution, assessing the achievement of the institution in meeting its own stated mission, goals, and expected outcomes. The University of Akron has full accreditation from Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools with the next comprehensive evaluation scheduled for 2012-13.
Professional or specialized accreditation is concerned with programs of study in professional or occupational fields. Professional accrediting agencies assess the extent to which programs achieve their stated mission, goals, and expected outcomes.
In addition, consideration of the program's mission, goals, and expected outcomes is of importance to the accrediting agency in determining the quality of the program and the educational preparation of members of the profession or occupation. Accreditation organizations make regularly scheduled evaluation visits to programs to document that programs continue to meet criteria.
The University of Akron School of Nursing has maintained full professional accreditation since its inception in 1967. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) visited in November 2005 and extended maximum accreditation of 10 years to the college. This extension grants continuing accreditation to the college's baccalaureate and master's programs in nursing. The next visit cycle for reaccreditation of the baccalaureate and master's programs in nursing will begin in Fall 2015.
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 nursing programs. CCNE 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. Because the accreditation process is a voluntary enterprise, institutions that seek CCNE accreditation of their baccalaureate and/or graduate nursing programs are viewed to have a cooperative relationship with CCNE in seeking ways to improve and enhance the educational programs for professional nursing students
In addition to college accreditation, the nursing anesthesia program undergoes a similar evaluation process from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). This Council has consistently acknowledged the excellence of the College's anesthesia program by granting full accreditation. The Council's most recent evaluation of the program was completed in November 2005. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) granted the UA School of Nursing Graduate Anesthesia program the full 10 year accreditation in June 2006. The accreditation is in effect until 2016.