Program Assessment

Department Assessment Plan 

Assessment imageThe Department of Nursing maintains an assessment plan for its academic programs. The results are submitted in yearly reports to the University Assessment Committee. 

Assessment of Student Learning

The Department of Nursing assesses BSN student learning based on seven learning outcomes.
The assessment plan includes the following direct and indirect measures:

  • Direct measures such as ATI end-of-course examinations, HESI exit examination, and NCLEX-RN Examination.
  • Indirect measures include student exit survey, alumni and employers' surveys.

Teaching Effectiveness

Faculty use formal and informal assessments in the classroom to improve their instruction. The department chair and peers evaluate the classroom teaching effectiveness of faculty. In addition students are encouraged to complete course evaluations for each instructor at the end of the semester through the Cougar Connect portal. These evaluations are reviewed by the respective faculty, and the department chair. Results from the students, peers and chair evaluations are used to improve the faculty teaching effectiveness within the department .Examples of tools used to evaluate teaching effectiveness are available through the links below:

Chair Evaluation of Faculty Teaching Form (pdf)
Peer Evaluation of Faculty Teaching Form (pdf)
Students' Course Evaluation Form (pdf)

Department Effectiveness

Department of Nursing effectiveness is evaluated using the College of Health Sciences key performance indicators (KPIs) such as number of students enrolled, retention and graduation rates, number of graduates produced, number of students participating in service learning and faculty scholarship productivity.