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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

I am pleased to share news about the forthcoming national reaccreditation of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs. Both programs are at present fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). Planning for continued accreditation is an ongoing process. Each nursing program must be visited and evaluated at specified intervals to ensure continuing compliance with accreditation standards and criteria. The University’s School of Nursing expects to host an NLNAC visit this fall semester.

The NLNAC accreditation process is voluntary and, as is the current WASC accreditation process, conducted by experienced peers. It requires that the program conduct a systematic, data based self-study to determine to what extent the established national accreditation standards and criteria have been met. The self-study activities and resulting study report represent a combined effort of University and program administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community members. The report and its accompanying documentation are the primary materials used by the program evaluators, the Evaluation Review Panel, and the NLNAC Commissioners to determine the accreditation status of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

The core values of accreditation include learning, community, responsibility, integrity, value, quality, and continuous improvement through reflection and analysis. Each program within the School of Nursing must measure itself by rigorous standards that emphasize high achievement in each of these areas and the acknowledgement of all program participants of the program’s responsibility to provide a supportive and humane learning environment where people interact with a spirit of cooperation, openness, and respect.

Accreditation of our BSN and MSN programs demonstrates to the public and to the educational community that the programs have clear and appropriate educational objectives and are providing an environment in which the objectives can be fulfilled. Other benefits include on going, future-oriented self-examination, professional development, and validation for faculty members; enhancement of student recruitment, transfer and retention; assistance for employers seeking competent graduates; and increased student eligibility for federal, state, and foundation financial grants.

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