JavaScript DHTML Drop Down Menu By Milonic About the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Accrediting Agency for Dietetics Education Programs from the Academy

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About the Organization

ACEND® is composed of a board of 15 voting members, a group of appointed peer reviewers, and staff members.


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


  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Respect
  • Transparency

Strategic Plan

The ACEND® Board reviews and revises its strategic plan each year. View the current strategic plan.