University of the District of Columbia Community College
Washington, District of Columbia
Program Type: Associate

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 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 2 Faculty and Staff, Criterion 2.2

  • All part-time faculty do not hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing.

Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, 6.4.1, and 6.4.2

  • There is a lack of evidence that the systematic plan for evaluation of the nursing program emphasizes the ongoing assessment and evaluation 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 of evaluation contains specific, measurable expected levels of achievement; specific frequencies of assessment; appropriate assessment methods, and a minimum of three (3) years of data for each component.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the evaluation findings related to student learning outcomes and the program outcomes are aggregated and trended by program option and date of completion and are sufficient to inform program decision-making for program maintenance and improvement.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the program’s three-year mean for the licensure examination pass rates is at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.
  • There is a lack of evidence that the program has consistently met the expected level of achievement for program completion.

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.