MEDFORD – Nancy Phoenix Bittner, PhD, CNS, RN, vice president for education at Lawrence Memorial/Regis College School of Nursing, was elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN Board of Commissioners reports to the U.S. Department of Education Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Dr. Bittner will serve a three-year term as Commissioner.
The Board of Commissioners is a governing board which ensures the financial resources of the ACEN, sets policy, and has sole authority to determine the accreditation status of nursing programs. Members of the Board of Commissioners also serve as chairpersons at Evaluation Review Panels, guiding panelists through discussions and asking for status recommendations.
Dr. Bittner has been active with ACEN for more than 20 years, serving in roles of program evaluator, Evaluation Review Panel member, Appeal Panel member. She has also served on accreditation evaluation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the New England Commission for Higher Education. As a curriculum and evaluation expert, she has consulted for a wide range of nursing programs nationally and internationally.
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