Mission and Purposes:
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 entry-to-practice 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.
CCNE serves higher education institutions and healthcare organizations throughout the United States.
CCNE accreditation activities are premised on a statement of principles or values.
These values are that the Commission will:
1. Foster trust in the process, in CCNE, and in the professional community.
2. Focus on stimulating and supporting continuous quality improvement in nursing education programs and their outcomes.
3. Be inclusive in the implementation of its activities and maintain an openness to the diverse institutional and individual issues and opinions of the interested community.
4. Rely on review and oversight by peers from the community of interest.
5. Maintain integrity through a consistent, fair and honest accreditation process.
6. Value and foster innovation in both the accreditation process and the programs to be accredited.
7. Facilitate and engage in self-assessment.
8. Foster an educational climate that supports program students, graduates and faculty in their pursuit of life-long learning.
9. Maintain a high level of accountability to the publics served by the process, including consumers, students, employers, programs and institutions of higher education.
10. Maintain a process that is both cost-effective and cost-accountable.
11. Encourage programs to develop graduates who are effective professionals and socially responsible citizens.
12. Assure autonomy and due process in its deliberations and decision-making processes.
In 2008, CCNE published a history of its first ten years. Access CCNE's 10-Year History Publication