SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION

River Valley Community College
Claremont, New Hampshire

This is a summary of the action taken by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at its meeting on July 11-12, 2013.

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

Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, and 4.6

  • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum has clearly articulated student learning outcomes and program outcomes.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum is developed by the faculty and regularly reviewed for rigor and currency.
  • 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 evaluation methodologies are varied, reflect established professional and practice competencies, and measure the achievement of the student learning outcomes and program outcomes.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum and instructional processes reflect educational theory, interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and best practice standards.

Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, 6.5.1, and 6.5.3

  • There is a lack of evidence that the plan for evaluation demonstrates ongoing assessment and evaluation of the student learning outcomes and the program outcomes.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the faculty are engaged in the development and maintenance of the plan for evaluation.
  • There is a lack of evidence that all expected levels of achievement are measurable, specific, and stated for each component of the plan.
  • There is a lack of documented evidence that aggregated evaluation findings inform program decision-making and are used to maintain or improve the student learning outcomes.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of achievement of the licensure examination pass rates being at or above the national mean.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates achievement of the expected levels of achievement for program satisfaction for both graduates and employers.