Program Assessment

Department Assessment Plan 2011-2012 Academic YearAssessment image

The Department of Nursing maintains an assessment plan for its academic programs. The results are submitted in yearly reports to the University Assessment Committee. The program assessment plans are available through the links below:

Click on the links below to see:

Curriculm Map (pdf)
BSN Assessment Plan (pdf)

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.

The assessments of student Learning are available through the links below:

Program Student Learning Outcomes for BSN (pdf)
2012 Assessment Report Department of Nursing-tables .201C (pdf)
Revised form 201BC June 2012 (pdf)
Assessment Findings 2011-2012 BSN-table (pdf)
Systematic Program Evaluation plan (pdf)
Click Here to See our Nursing NCLEX-RN Results (pdf)

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. The data on department effectiveness are available through the links below:        

Department Effectiveness Data (pdf)

Examples of Findings and Evidence Based Actions

The data on examples of findings and evidence based actions are available through the links below:     

Feedback from Alumni


Mukaila Raji"The nursing program is preparing me for an amazing career in the health care field. Making it through the program requires a lot of dedication, determination and unrelenting effort to be successful. The instructors work tirelessly to see that students succeed in the program, and some go out of their way to guide and assist students in learning to study effectively. I really appreciate all of the assistance and tough love that is given, which helps to facilitate my focus and maintain my optimism for a successful completion of the program. I always say to myself that, if I graduate from the nursing program at Chicago State University, I can definitely be successful in any nursing/health care field in which I choose to work."

Mukaila Raji
Class of  2012 BSN

Danielle Bardwell

"The Chicago State Nursing Program has positively impacted my learning, and my future educational and career plans. I have become a self-sufficient adult learner. I learned that in order to be successful in any educational endeavor, I must be self-driven, motivated, dedicated, consistent and open-minded. Progress through the program has given me confidence.

The most important concept that I learned in the program is time management. That is essential when pursuing a degree while maintaining healthy family and friend relationships and healthy home environments. In the beginning of the program time management was extremely difficult for me, but as I progressed through the program, I was able to manage my time so efficiently that I had free time and still maintained my grades. Now time management is a skill at which I excel.

My experiences in this program will follow me for the rest of my life. The concepts I have been introduced to and the knowledge that I have gained will ensure my success in graduate school and beyond as I continue on my journey to excellence."

Danielle Bardwell
Class of 2012 BSN

Dr. Michelle McClure"I'm a new graduate of a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. What I remember most about my time at CSU were the professors / mentors I had as a student. The professors expected a lot from the students but were very supportive of us. They got the students involved in service learning and membership in professional organizations like the Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses' Association. The black nurses and educators were my first black professional role models. No one in my family had achieved a college degree at that point. With these relationships, they affirmed my beliefs, hopes, and determination and I was able to build my skills and confidence as a professional registered nurse. These skills later translated to me becoming a family nurse practitioner and achieving my doctorate."

Dr. Michelle McClure


 " The CSU nursing program provides the foundation needed to attain a career as a nurse. Being a graduate from the program, I know I have acquired the necessary tools to diversify my career into different aspects of nursing. Thanks CSU for giving me the skills I need to practice as a nurse."

Wahab Agoro
Class of 2011 BSN