Walla Walla University is seeking to maintain accreditation for its school of nursing this spring through a planned site visit with its accrediting body, the American Commission for Education in Nursing.

The nearly 2,000-student university, founded on Christian teachings and values as identified by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, received word in 2014 from the ACEN that its accreditation would be continued with a warning for good cause through another site visit scheduled for spring 2015.

In a statement, the university announced: "Walla Walla University has been notified by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) that 'the Board of Commissioners voted to deny continuing accreditation for the baccalaureate nursing program,”'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. According to the ACEN, the denial of continuing accreditation was issued because the university failed to meet one standard for graduate degree credentialing of fulltime and part-time School of Nursing instructors."

The university's statement also explained that he university was notifying students and educational partners about the ACEN decision. “We’ve appreciated the continued support from Adventist Health and our other clinical partners,” said Bob Cushman, vice president for academic administration, in the statement, “but our first priority is providing our students with information about this decision and a clear path to success.” 

If you are a student with concerns about the nursing program's accreditation status and its impact that you wish to share with an attorney at College Watchdogs, you may do so here or by calling 1-877-540-8333.



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