SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley
Kansas City, Missouri
Program Type: Practical

This is a summary of the action taken by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at its meeting on March 12-13, 2015.

The Board of Commissioners voted to deny continuing accreditation to the practical nursing program.  This decision is based on the ACEN policy that continuing accreditation is denied to programs with Warning status that are found to be in continued non-compliance with any Accreditation Standard.

Evidence of Non-Compliance by Accreditation Standard and Criterion

Standard 4 Curriculum,Criteria 4.1, 4.2, and 4.8

  • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum incorporates established professional standards, guidelines, and competencies.

  • There is a lack of evidence that the student learning outcomes are used to organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction, direct learning activities, and evaluate student progress.

  • There is a lack of evidence that the program length is consistent with national guidelines and best practices.

Standard 6 Outcomes,Criteria 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, and 6.4.5

  • There is a lack of evidence that the systematic plan for evaluation emphasizes the ongoing assessment and evaluation of the student learning outcomes, the program outcomes, the role-specific graduate competencies, and the ACEN Standards.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the systematic plan for evaluation includes specific, measurable expected levels of achievement and a minimum of three (3) years of data for each component within the plan.
  • There is a lack of evidence that evaluation findings are aggregated, trended, and sufficient to inform program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of the student learning outcomes.
  • There is a lack of evidence that evaluation findings are shared with the communities of interest and consistent documentation is maintained.
  • The program’s three-year mean for the licensure examination pass rate has not been at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.
  • There is a lack of evidence that graduate satisfaction has been assessed in an ongoing manner and sufficient data have been collected.
  • There is a lack of evidence that employer satisfaction has been assessed in an ongoing manner and sufficient data have been collected.
  • There is a lack of evidence that job placement rates have been assessed in an ongoing manner and sufficient data have been collected.

The program has the right to forward comments regarding the Commission decision to the ACEN by May 7, 2015.  The ACEN will forward to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education any comments submitted by the nursing program.