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History and Mission

Founded to help you make a difference.

Our Mission

Our core mission is to serve, lead and achieve. We do this by delivering a high-quality, affordable online education to you and by giving back to our community. Our programs are grounded in evidence-based content and real-world application to help you advance your career.

We are driven to serve those who serve and make a positive impact in the world.

Our History

Since being founded in 2005, we have seen tremendous growth and continue to expand our program offerings to help you achieve your career goals. The more we grow, the more we give back to students, their communities and the world. 

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2005
The ACE story begins: We are officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to issue degrees to students.
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2007
The first ACE graduates celebrate their accomplishments.
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2009
ACE receives approval to offer all programs online, officially becoming a fully online institution.
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2013-2018
We expand to offer full programs, certificates and micro-credentials in education, healthcare, nursing and business.
2014 – 2015
HLC reaffirms our institutional accreditation.
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2016
ACE becomes a Certified B Corporation, publicly committing to use profits as a force for good.
2017
ACE receives approval to offer bachelor’s completion degrees.
2019
We are re-certified as a B Corporation, demonstrating our continued commitment to social responsibility.
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2020
Our RN to BSN, BSN to MSN and RN to MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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2020
Our educator-licensing programs are re-accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
2021
ACE launches the mission-driven MBA in Social Impact for professionals seeking to make an impact in their communities.

Beyond

We are continuously committed to our vision of providing a high-quality, affordable education to help you advance your career in education, healthcare, nursing or business. Our students and graduates have exceptional passing rates on state and national licensing exams, and we are determined to make ACE a household name for quality education you can afford.

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