SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION

Provo College
Program Type: Associate
Provo, Utah

This is a summary of the action taken by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at its meeting on July 10-11, 2014.

The Board of Commissioners voted to deny continuing accreditation to the associate 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 4.2, 4.3, and 4.7

  • 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 curriculum is developed by the faculty and regularly reviewed for rigor and currency with consistent documentation of the process.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the evaluation methodologies assess the achievement of the student learning outcomes.

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

  • There is a lack of evidence that the evaluation plan emphasizes the ongoing assessment and evaluation of the student learning outcomes and role-specific graduate competencies.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the expected levels of achievement are stated in specific and measurable terms and are consistent with the component being assessed.
  • There is a lack of evidence that evaluation findings are aggregated, trended, and sufficient to inform program decision-making to maintain or improve the student learning outcomes and the program outcomes.
  • The program’s three-year mean for the licensure examination pass rates has not consistently been at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.
  • There is a lack of evidence that graduate satisfaction is assessed in a systematic and ongoing manner.
  • There is a lack of evidence that employer satisfaction is assessed in a systematic and ongoing manner.
  • There is a lack of evidence that job placement rates have consistently met the expected level of achievement.

The associate program has the right to forward comments regarding the Commission decision to the ACEN by August 22, 2014.  The ACEN will forward to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education any comments submitted by the associate nursing program.