Systematic Process to Determine Degree Program Effectiveness

Relevance

CCNE Key Element IV-A: A systematic process is used to determine program effectiveness.

Plan Review

Annually in May - led centrally and for Seattle by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; led at UW-Bothell and UW-Tacoma by Directors with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Program

Expected Program Outcomes

Data Sources

Timeline for Collection

Review, Analysis, and Recommendations

    

Reviewers

Aggregate Student Outcomes

  • BSN - Generic (Seattle)
  • BSN - Accelerated (Seattle)
  • RN-BSN (Bothell)
  • RN- BSN (Tacoma) 
Achievement of program goals as evaluated by facultyQuarterly progress reports; final evaluation in: NCLIN 411-UWS; BNURS 495 UWB: TNURS 451-UWTQuarterly; last quarter of enrollment
  • BSNCC
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Chairs, Vice Chairs for Education (Seattle)
  • Directors UWB and UWT
  • Exec Team
  • Dean 
Graduate rates ≥ 85% or higher in three years or lessSchool/UW databaseWithin six months of graduation (BSN=June; ABSN=August)
NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rate ≥ 80% (Seattle only)State Board of NursingApproximately three months post-graduation (BSN=October; ABSN=January)
Employment rates ≥ 90% in the discipline, excluding those who choose not to seek employmentBSN Alumni SurveyOne year after graduation
Employer satisfaction with graduates as demonstrated by a score ≥ 3 (moderate) in evaluation of graduate achievementColleague and Supervisor Evaluation Survey
Feedback from the many employers on advisory boards 
One year after graduation
  • Master of Nursing - Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma
Achievement of program goals as evaluated by facultyScholarly Inquiry Scale and Clinical Scale (Seattle)
Scale based on program goals/course objectives for both fieldwork courses (Bothell and Tacoma) 
Last quarter of enrollment
  • MCC
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Chairs, Vice Chairs for Education
  • Directors at Bothell, Tacoma
  • Dean
Graduate rate ≥ 80% in six years or lessSchool/UW databaseQuarterly, with annual assessment of AY results
Certification rates ≥ 80% or higher for those programs leading to eligibility for certificationCertifying bodyAnnually, with assessment of AY results
Employment rates of ≥  in the discipline, excluding those who choose not to seek employment Employment SurveyWithin six months of graduation
Employer satisfaction with graduates as demonstrated by a score ≥ 5 (moderate, 0-10 scale) in evaluation of graduateColleague Evaluation Survey1, 3, and 5 years after graduation
Student satisfaction with how well student's educational goals were met by the DNP program, as measured by a score ≥ 5 (moderate, 0-10 scale)End-of-Program Evaluation; Alumni SurveyLast quarter of enrollment; 1, 3, and 5 years after graduation
  • DNP - post-baccalaureate and post-MN not seeking a new track
Achievement of program goals as measured by the facultyEvaluation of students' capstone experience: NCLIN 798 and NMETH 801 for DNP 1.0 (Capstone experience courses for DNP 2.0 will be NCLIN 801 and NMETH 801 - in preparation)Last quarter of enrollment
  • DNPCC
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Chairs, Vice Chairs for Education
  • Dean
Graduate rate of ≥ 80% in 10 years or lessSchool/UW databaseQuarterly, with annual assessment of AY result
Certification rates of ≥ 90% or higher for those specialties leading to eligibility for certificationCertifying bodiesQuarterly, with annual assessment of AY results
Employment rate ≥ 80% in the discipline, excluding those who choose not to seek employmentEmployment SurveyWithin six months of graduation
Employer satisfaction with graduates as demonstrated by a score ≥ 5 (moderate, 0-10 scale) in evaluation of graduateColleague Evaluation Survey1, 2, and 5 years after graduation
Student satisfaction with how well student's educational goals were met by the DNP program, as measure by a score ≥ 5 (moderate, 0-10 scale)End-of-Program Evaluation; Alumni SurveyLast quarter of enrollment; 1, 3, and 5 years after graduation
  • Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing
As above for APRN-related Graduate CertificatesAs above for APRN-related Graduate CertificatesAnnual, with assessment of AY results 
  1. Maximum timeline to completion for UW doctoral students is 10 years. Maximum timeline to completion for UW Master’s students is 6 years.
  2. Graduation rate for undergraduate and graduate students is calculated by dividing number of students in cohort by number of students graduated with the degree program to which they were admitted, for which they enrolled
  3. Completion for Graduate Certificate students is calculated by dividing number of students in cohort by number of students who complete

Aggregate Faculty Outcomes

Expected Outcomes

Data Sources

Timelines for Collection

Review, Analysis, and Recommendations

At least 80% of faculty members are promoted to the next rank on time, meeting School of Nursing Criteria and Exemplars for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure*Human Resources; departmentsAnnually in JulyShared Leadership Council in Autumn Quarter
At least 90% of faculty members, over a 3-year period, publish and/or present in national forums*Faculty CVs (submitted during annual merit review process)Annually in JulyShared Leadership Council in Autumn Quarter
At least 95% of faculty members are involved in service at the department, University, and/or professional levels*Faculty CVs (submitted during annual merit review process)Annually in JulyShared Leadership Council in Autumn Quarter
Student satisfaction with teaching over a 3-year period will be at 3.5 or higher on a 5-point Likert scale (0 = very poor; 5 = excellent)Aggregated data in reports from UW Office of Educational AssessmentAnnually in JulyShared Leadership Council in Autumn Quarter

*APT Criteria are the same at all three campuses, but the exemplars by rank are different as relevant to faculty on each campus.

Mechanisms for Student Complaints or Feedback

FormalUW Graduate School Academic Grievance procedurehttp://www.grad.washington.edu/policies/memoranda/memo33.shtml
FormalSoN Graduate Student guidance on grievance procedureshttps://nursing.uw.edu/student-resources/complaint-or-grievance-procedure-graduate-students-school-nursing
FormalSoN Policy regarding communicating concerns about instructionhttps://nursing.uw.edu/student-resources/communicating-concerns-about-instruction
InformalSuggestions for improvement, feedback, or complaintsDirect communication from student as needed; through student organizations, such as student advisory councils, degree-specific student groups, or issue-specific student groups.

Created January 2014
Student and Academic Services Memo No. 4