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October 27, 2010

SUNY Empire State College Receives Accreditation from Nursing Commission

(Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Oct. 26, 2010) SUNY Empire State College’s Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The college received the news on Monday, Oct. 25.

The CCNE is recognized by the U.S. secretary of education as a national, autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health and ensuring the quality and integrity of the bachelor’s, master’s and residency programs in nursing. The CCNE 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 post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

The college’ s president, Dr. Alan Davis, was pleased with the CCNE decision: “ This validates the work of all those involved in the development and implementation of this innovative program. Most of all, it is important to our students, our graduates and their employers to know that their degree is recognized in this way.”

The CCNE evaluation consists of a written self-study followed by an onsite review of the nursing program’s utilization of available resources, programs and administration and the application of these resources in assisting students in achieving positive outcomes. The college’s nursing program hosted the commission representatives in April, 2010. Following two additional Commission Review Boards, the program was found to be in full compliance with the standards set forth by the CCNE and granted a full five-year accreditation approval.

“I am privileged to be a part of such a highly effective team in the nursing program,” said Associate Dean Rosann Urso. “This positive outcome was the result of many steps in our accreditation journey. Our program has been recognized as meeting all four standards of the CCNE, and I am therefore assured of the future growth and development of a high quality and effective nursing program.

“We are proud to recognize the June, 2010 graduates having completed an accredited bachelor’s degree. This recognition is a powerful presence in nursing academia and will foster the growth of the bachelor’s degree program and future nursing program developments.”

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York State and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.