SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION

South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, Washington

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 for the associate nursing program.  This decision is based on the ACEN policy that continuing accreditation is denied to programs with conditions status that are found to be in continued non-compliance with any Accreditation Standard.

Evidence of Non-Compliance

Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, and 4.7

  • There is a lack of evidence the curriculum incorporates established professional standards, guidelines, and competencies and has clearly articulated student learning outcomes and program outcomes.
  • There is a lack of evidence 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 the 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 the program length is congruent with national guidelines and best practices.

Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, and 6.5

  • There is a lack of evidence the systematic plan for evaluation emphasizes the ongoing assessment and evaluation of the student learning outcomes, the program outcomes, and the ACEN Standards.
  • There is a lack of 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 graduates demonstrate achievement of competencies appropriate to role preparation.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the program demonstrates evidence of achievement in meeting program outcomes.