CCNE Accreditation

Opportunity to Submit Public Comment – CCNE Accreditation Evaluation

St. Olaf College will host an accreditation visit for the Baccalaureate in Nursing (BAN) program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on October 7-9, 2020. Officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE contributes to the improvement of the public’s health by ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

The St. Olaf Nursing program received its most recent 5-year accreditation of the baccalaureate degree program in 2015. The 2020 reaccreditation of St. Olaf’s baccalaureate degree nursing program is officially underway, a process that includes a structured self-study evaluation and on-site visits designed to further engage faculty, staff and students in offering the best nursing education possible.

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. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at St. Olaf College is currently fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( and is seeking re-accreditation.

The baccalaureate program has been undergoing a self-study process designed to address the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. When evaluating whether to award accreditation, the Commission takes into consideration comments submitted by third-parties. These comments are to focus on whether a program should receive CCNE accreditation based on the quality of the program. In accordance with CCNE procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning our program’s qualifications for accreditation. We invite you to submit comments to CCNE at:

Email:, or
Via mail:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

All third-party comments must be received by CCNE no later than September 16, 2020 and must be written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on Conduct of Business in English. Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791, x268.