Student & program evaluations
Clinical courses are assigned either a numerical grade or Credit/No Credit, depending on the course.
Each student receives a clinical performance evaluation from the instructor at midterm and at the end of the quarter. The evaluation measures the student’s performance of the course objectives, outlines strengths and weaknesses, and makes appropriate recommendations for improvement if necessary. The student is asked to prepare a self-evaluation; this self-evaluation is incorporated into the performance evaluation prepared by the instructor. Student and instructor discuss the evaluation and sign it; the original is sent to Student and Academic Services to be placed into the student’s academic file.
Any concerns about the student’s performance and conduct may be discussed during the evaluation meetings. The instructor may set-up special guidelines and objectives to assist the student in meeting course requirements. Students in danger of failing the course will receive a warning card.
BSN and ABSN students must meeting University, School and program standards regarding scholarship and performance while pursuing a BSN degree.
BSN course & instructor evaluations
We are very interested in student feedback about our program. Student representatives are regular members of the BSN Coordinating Committee, which is responsible for the BSN/ABSN curriculum and BSN/ABSN program issues. Students are invited to participate in retreats and program discussions.
Additionally, at the end of most courses you will be asked to complete a course and instructor evaluation. Evaluations are collected at the end of the quarter by a fellow student in the class and forwarded to the Educational Assessment Center and Student and Academic Services for assessment. Please take a few minutes to give honest feedback about the course strengths and weaknesses and your satisfaction with the instruction. Data from the evaluations is used to review student satisfaction with the program and instruction.
BSN program evaluation
In an effort to constantly evaluate quality and improve results, the BSN Coordinating Committee (BSNCC) is responsible for program evaluation of the BSN degree program. BSNCC works in conjunction with Student and Academic Services to assess student competency at four distinct times:
- upon entry into the program
- at the end of the first year of the program
- at the end of the final year of the program, and
- one year following graduation
Multiple sources of evaluation data are used, including that from students, faculty and graduates. BSNCC reviews program evaluation data annually, assessing outcomes of students who complete the program against specific benchmarks* and, when indicated, appoints work groups to address areas of desired curricular change.
The three main components of BSN program evaluation are:
- Student Progress
- Grades in Courses
- Weekly level faculty meetings: connected teaching
- Clinical evaluations every quarter: mid-term and final
- Essentials Behaviors documented completed each quarter in clinical courses
- Student-related issues discussion by BSNCC on quarterly basis
- Formative Evaluation
- Weekly faculty level meetings
- BSNCC monthly meetings
- BSNCC reports from level meetings and student representatives
- Annual BSNCC retreat to review gaps and overlaps and other curricular issues
- Course evaluations by students and peer faculty
- Summative Evaluation
- Curriculum changes brought to BSNCC and all faculty meetings as needed
- End clinical evaluation for transition in practice course
- NCLEX first time pass rate
- Program Evaluation Tools, designed to measure specific outcomes related to the BSN program’s goals:
- Benchmarks to Assess Outcomes of Students Who Complete the BSN Program
- A Program Evaluation Report is produced annually and is utilized by BSNCC to create Recommendations for Improvements.