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    Higher Education Regulation and Accrediting Roles

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    Task: Investigate one regulatory and one accrediting body pertinent to the faculty role in a higher education setting and identify the purpose and scope of these bodies in institutions in higher education. Discuss the similarities and differences between regulation and accreditation roles in this case.

    Note: This specific question is considering nursing education.

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    For nursing accreditation, one body is identified and described at this Web site: www.nlnac.org/.
    This group is the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The standards and criteria for each diploma level accredited by this body are posted on the web at the portal site: http://www.nlnac.org/manuals/SC2008.htm. It includes manuals of standards for levels ranging from practical nursing to clinical doctorates.

    Another accreditation group is described and identified at the website: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation/. This group is the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The following quote is directly from the site: Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

    CCNE serves the public ...

    Solution Summary

    Discussion of nursing education regulatory bodies and accreditation organizations, what they do and the difference between the two. Web-based URLs provided for refrence and further information.