SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION
Program Type: Baccalaureate
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 initial accreditation to the baccalaureate nursing program. This decision is based on the ACEN policy that programs applying for initial accreditation must be in compliance with all Accreditation Standards and Criteria.
Evidence of Non-Compliance by Accreditation Standard and Criterion
Standard 4 Curriculum, Criteria 4.1, 4.7, 4.9, 4.10, and 4.11
There is a lack of evidence that the curriculum incorporates established professional standards, guidelines, and competencies and has clearly articulated student learning outcomes and program outcomes consistent with contemporary practice.
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.
There is a lack of evidence that practice learning environments support the achievement of the student learning outcomes and the program outcomes.
There is a lack of evidence that the students participate in clinical experiences that are evidence-based and reflect contemporary practice and nationally established patient health and safety goals.
There is a lack of evidence that written agreements for clinical practice agencies are current, specify expectations for all parties, and ensure the protection of the students.
Standard 6 Outcomes, Criterion 6.1
- There is a lack of evidence that the evaluation plan of the nursing education unit emphasizes the ongoing assessment and evaluation of the student learning outcomes, the program outcomes, the role-specific graduate competencies, and the ACEN Standards.
The baccalaureate 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.