By Bronson Peshlakai
Metro Campus Editor-in-Chief
An agreement has been reached regarding Cuyahoga Community College’s nursing accreditation status allowing the nursing program to receive a “accreditation under warning” status for the next 12 months, just days before an appeal was scheduled — now canceled.
In an email sent by Tri-C District President Alex Johnson Friday, the college reached the deal with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., ending a cloud of uncertainty of the program for nearly six months.
The email states, “According to ACEN attorney Patrick McKee, ‘after a thorough review of the materials submitted by the College, ACEN has determined that the College has established good cause for the College to be continued in accreditation for 12 months and placed on warning, with a visit to review its compliance with all of the Standards in Spring 2014 and final Board action in July 2014.'”
College officials were scheduled to meet with ACEN in Atlanta August 12 for an appeals hearing answering to failed conditions of the accreditation requirements. In an August 7 email, Johnson said, “I will be traveling to Atlanta, Ga., with members of the Cuyahoga Community College community and friends of Tri-C to appear for our appeal hearing Monday with the Accreditation Commission in Nursing, Inc. We are optimistic about the outcome but are prepared for appropriate actions regardless of their decision.”
Further information regarding this latest decision, and an interview with Johnson is expected later today.