Title of Work

Innovation and Accreditation: A Quality Improvement Process

Document Type


Publication/Presentation Date

January 2021

Source Publication

Nursing Education Perspectives.


Nursing program accreditation often has limited faculty engagement. This quality improvement project, implemented at a private university in the Midwestern United States, utilized innovative solutions including accreditation program champions and a learning management system to enhance faculty engagement in the accreditation process. Accreditation encompassed seven programs at three program degree levels: undergraduate, masters and doctorate. A survey measured overall engagement as well as the usefulness of accreditation program champions and the learning management system to improve engagement. Results showed increased faculty knowledge, professional development, and motivation in the accreditation process. Increased engagement not only accomplishes the work more efficiently, but also improves faculty knowledge of the process and preparation for the accreditation site visit.