Public Disclosure: Sullivan County Community College


Sullivan County Community College
Loch Sheldrake, New York

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, and 4.7

  • There is a lack of evidence that current professional standards and guidelines were used as the basis for curriculum development and review.
  • There is a lack of evidence the student learning outcomes are identified in all curriculum documents in a consistent manner.
  • There is a lack of evidence that data are consistently used in the review of the curriculum for rigor and inform decision-making related to the curriculum.
  • There is a lack of evidence the student learning outcomes are consistently used to guide the delivery of instruction, direct learning activities, or evaluate student progress.
  • Clinical evaluation tools do not delineate behaviors on which to consistently evaluate student clinical performance.
  • The current program length is not consistently described in various documents and contains optional courses that are not congruent with the attainment of identified outcomes.
  • The pre-admission requirements are not clearly delineated in documents related to program requirements.

Standard 6 Outcomes, Criteria 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5.1, and 6.5.3

  • There is a lack of evidence that the systematic plan for evaluation emphasizes the ongoing assessment and evaluation of the student learning outcomes and the ACEN Standards.
  • There is a lack of evidence that surveys are consistently administered and 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.
  • The licensure examination pass rates have not met the national mean for the past five (5) years.
  • There is a lack of evidence that program satisfaction measures address graduates and their employers.