June 9th is World Accreditation Day—an opportunity to reflect on the significant role that accreditors play in ensuring excellence across a wide range of disciplines. Accreditors work behind the scenes, working tirelessly to ensure that programs and institutions throughout the world operate at their peak potential. They are mission-driven and passionate experts who care about quality, and their commitment to high standards benefits us all.
This year on World Accreditation Day, we’re spotlighting three of our accreditation customers. We asked them how their organizations promote safety and/or excellence in the world. Here’s what they had to say:
National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
How does NCCHC deliver a safer world?
“The majority of people who are incarcerated will be released from jail or prison and return to their communities. If, at the time, their chronic diseases, mental health issues, infectious diseases and/or substance abuse problems are controlled, everyone is safer—the individuals, their families, and the community at large. NCCHC-accredited correctional facilities contribute to public health and safety by committing to provide quality health care services.” –James Pavletich, CEO, NCCHC
How does NCCHC foster excellence in the world?
“NCCHC Accreditation Standards help ensure that incarcerated populations receive a level of health care that is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. To deprive inmates of such care has been found to be cruel and unusual punishment. Most inmates will ultimately be released back into the community. Providing quality care to individuals while incarcerated also serves to have healthier individuals return to the general population. Earning NCCHC accreditation demonstrates a facility’s commitment to delivering quality care and providers take great pride in having earned this distinction for their facility.” –James Pavletich, CEO, NCCHC
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)
How does MACTE promote safety and excellence in the world?
“The Montessori methodology of education is one that, among many other things, teaches grace and courtesy towards all. As the accreditor of Montessori teacher education programs, we look at evidence that all of our accredited programs are preparing competent, caring, and qualified Montessori classroom teachers. With accredited locations spanning 19 countries, graduates from MACTE-accredited programs are inspiring children to extend peace, grace, and courtesy across the globe.” –Stacy Seapy, M.S., Director of Operations, MACTE
The National League for Nursing Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)
“The nursing profession is consistently ranked by the U. S. public as the most trusted profession. The educators who teach in our nursing programs, not only in the U.S., but globally, have a societal responsibility to serve our world’s citizens by educating nurses skilled in delivering competent, compassionate nursing care. Nursing accrediting bodies such as the NLN CNEA play a significant role in the educational process by setting forth accreditation standards that help to ensure programs are reaching for and achieving a desired level of excellence in the education they are providing students. The NLN CNEA is proud to play a key role in promoting quality and excellence in the nursing profession, ultimately impacting the quality of health care delivered to individuals.” —-Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Executive Director, NLN CNEA
How does the NLN CNEA foster excellence in the world?
“Clearly having a set of professional accreditation standards that are rigorous and encompassing of all program elements is a requirement for fostering excellence. However, that is not enough. An accrediting agency must also attend to the relationships that are developed with the program’s administrators and faculty to truly foster quality and excellence in nursing education. The NLN CNEA achieves this by applying the NLN core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence to the accreditation process. Through caring, we create a process that reflects a culture of advocacy for quality assurance in nursing education globally. This is achieved through upholding standards and applying rigor in a collegial, collaborative context.” –Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Executive Director, NLN CNEA
From all of us here at ARMATURE, we say a big thank you on World Accreditation Day to the hardworking professionals who devote their careers to making the world a better place through accreditation. Your commitment to safety and excellence is an inspiration, and we’re proud to support your critical missions by giving you the tools you need to succeed.