Carolina Tops Peers in Undergraduate Nursing Program Evaluation

At a recent faculty meeting, undergraduate program Director Beverly Foster, PhD, presented evaluation results from a survey conducted by our 2006-2007 BSN graduates. More than 79 percent of them completed the comprehensive survey that was conducted under the auspices of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Survey results were extraordinary. In all dimensions, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing topped the six schools in the AACN database that we selected as our leading peers– all the nursing schools that exist within research extensive universities as classified by the Carnegie Foundation and all the nursing schools (approximately 215) in the AACN database. Students indicated that we were outstanding in overall program effectiveness, role development, core knowledge, technical skills, core competencies, professional values, classmates, facilities and administration, course lecture and interaction, work and class size and quality of nursing instruction. “Although there is always room for improvement in any educational program, we are clearly excelling with respect to our peers … in every category,” said Linda R. Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing.

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