The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is an autonomous accrediting agency for education programs preparing students to begin careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. Programs meeting the accreditation standards are accredited by ACEND®.
ACEND®'s mission is to ensure the quality of nutrition and dietetics education to advance the practice of the profession. ACEND® serves the public by establishing and enforcing accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs that reflect the evolving practice of dietetics.
ACEND®- accredited programs will be valued and respected for preparing competent professionals for entry-level and beyond.
To achieve its mission and vision, ACEND® established the following strategic goals:
- Effectively communicates the accreditation process and expectations
- Assure the quality of dietetics education through a peer review process
- Foster innovation in dietetics education
The ACEND® Board reviews and revises its strategic plan each year. View the current strategic plan.