Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Student Learning Program Outcomes
(2014-2015)

  1. Promote holistic patient-centered care and population health supporting values, culture, right to self-fulfillment, and quality care outcomes.
  2. Integrate evidence, nursing theory, and knowledge from other disciplines to guide nursing practice.
  3. Formulate decisions based on nursing judgment and collaboration with the interprofessional team to achieve quality patient outcomes.
  4. Incorporate nursing's professional core values, guidelines, standards of practice, commitment to excellence, and lifelong learning as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  5. Apply principles of leadership to advocate for the unique role of the nursing profession within the healthcare system.
  6. Engage in the spirit of inquiry to propose solutions that support nursing excellence.

Assessment of Student Learning Program Outcomes

The achievement of student learning program outcomes is assessed through direct and indirect methods and various measures.

Direct Methods

Presented here are the measures and results of direct assessment efforts between 7/1/2014 and 6/30/2015 for each student learning program outcome (SLPO). Expectations for achievement are considered: highly achieved when at least 90% of students achieve "mastery" (or 80%/B) or better on related criteria, met when at least 80% of students achieve "mastery" (or 80%/B) or better on related criteria, and not met with need for improvement when less than 80% of students achieve "mastery" (or 80%/B) or better on related criteria.

SLPO #1: Promote holistic patient-centered care and population health supporting values, culture, right to self-fulfillment, and quality care outcomes.

Assessment Method: Final Paper: NUR448 Community Health Nursing, M7A1 Vulnerable Population Paper Scholarly Paper, 6-8 Pages. 25% of course grade.
Result: 88.3% of students (157/178) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 1 and 2) for the course-embedded written assessment from all sections offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Expectations for student achievement were met based upon the set criterion and current results, indicating students were making successful progress toward achieving the SLPO in a Phase II program requirement.

 

SLPO #2: Integrate evidence, nursing theory, and knowledge from other disciplines to guide nursing practice.

Assessment Method: Final Paper: NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M6A1 Project: Evidence-based Paper Scholarly Paper, 13-15 Pages. 25% of course grade.
Result: 73.6% of students (94/147) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 1 and 4) for the course-embedded written assessment from all sections Spring 2015. Expectations for student achievement were not met based upon the set criterion and current results.

Assessment Method: Team Project: NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M6A1 Group Project Presentation: Persuasive Communication. 15-20 minute persuasive presentation with voice over. 20% of course grade.
Result: 100.0% of students (145/145) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 1-5) for the course-embedded group project presentation assessment from all sections offered Fall 2014. Expectations for student achievement were highly achieved based upon the set criterion and current results.

Assessment Method: Presentation/Performance NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M7A1 Project Presentation with Evaluations Presentation to selected audience, 8-10 slides with completed evaluations. 20% of course grade.
Result: 83.8% of students (103/123) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criterion (Row 1) for the course-embedded assessment from all sections offered Spring 2015. Expectations for student achievement were met based upon the set criterion and current results.

Assessment Method: NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M7A1 Health Care Reform Reaction Paper Scholarly Paper, 4-6 Pages. 15% of course grade.
Result: 96.8% of students (140/145) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 1, 2, and 3) for the course-embedded written assessment from all sections offered Fall 2014. Expectations for student achievement were highly achieved based upon the set criterion and current results.

 

SLPO #3: Formulate decisions based on nursing judgment and collaboration with the interprofessional team to achieve quality patient outcomes.

Assessment Method: NUR430 Research in Nursing, M4A1 Annotated Bibliography Annotated Bibliography, 3-5 Pages. 20% of course grade.
Result: 91.4% of students (188/206) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 1, 2, and 3) for the course-embedded written assessment from all sections offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Expectations for student achievement were highly achieved based upon the set criterion and current results, indicating students were making successful progress toward achieving the "nursing judgment" aspect of the SLPO in a Phase II program requirement.

Assessment Method: NUR430 Research in Nursing, M7A1 Critique a Research Study Scholarly Paper, 6-8 Pages. 30% of course grade.
Result: 92.8% of students (193/208) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 1 - 5) for the course-embedded written assessment from all sections offered Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Expectations for student achievement were highly achieved based upon the set criterion and current results, indicating students were making successful progress toward achieving the "nursing judgment" aspect of the SLPO in a Phase II program requirement.

 

SLPO #4: Incorporate professional core values, standards of practice, and lifelong learning as a basis for professional nursing practice.

Assessment Method: NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M8A1 Philosophy and Vision for Nursing Personal Reflection, 3-4 Pages. 10% of course grade.
Result: 84.2% of students (102/121) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 1, 2, and 3) for the course-embedded written assessment from all sections offered Spring 2015. Expectations for student achievement were met based upon the set criterion and current results.

 

SLPO #5: Apply principles of leadership to advocate for the unique role of the nursing profession within the healthcare system.

Assessment Method: Team Project: NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M3A1 Group Case Analysis: QI Initiative Quality Improvement Initiative with Formal Report, 4-6 Pages. 25% of course grade.
Result: 93.1% of students (135/145) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 4) for the course-embedded team project with written report from all sections offered Fall 2014. Expectations for student achievement were highly achieved based upon the set criterion and current results.

 

SLPO #6: Engage in the spirit of inquiry to propose solutions that support nursing excellence.

Assessment Method: Final Paper: NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M6A1 Project: Evidence-based Paper Scholarly Paper, 13-15 Pages. 25% of course grade.
Result: 66.5% of students (85/127) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 2 and 3) for the course-embedded written assessment from all sections offered Spring 2015. Expectations for student achievement were not met based upon the set criterion and current results.

Assessment Method: Team Project: NUR462 Nursing Capstone, M3A1 Group Case Analysis: QI Initiative Quality Improvement Initiative with Formal Report, 4-6 Pages. 25% of course grade.
Result: 95.6% of students (139/145) earned at least Mastery (or the equivalent of B or better) on the selected rubric criteria (Rows 2 and 3) for the course-embedded team project with written report from all sections offered Fall 2014. Expectations for student achievement were met based upon the set criterion and current results.

Indirect Methods

Alumni Surveys
Presented here are the evaluation criteria for and results of alumni surveys conducted at Exit and One Year post graduation.

Criteria: Expectations for achievement are considered: highly achieved when average of responses is 5.0 or greater on a 6-point scale (1=not achieved; 6=completely achieved), met when average of responses is 4.0 – 4.9, and not met with need for improvement when average of responses is less than 4.0.
Results:

  1. Exit Survey: New student learning program outcomes (SLPOs) were approved July 2014. Integration of new SLPOs into Exit Survey occurred August 1, 2015 for July 2015 graduates and those going forward. Results for the new SLPOs will be available for FY15-16 reporting.
     
  2. One Year Survey: New student learning program outcomes (SLPOs) were approved July 2014. Integration of new SLPOs into One-year Survey will occur August 1, 2016 for July 2015 graduates and those going forward. Results for the new SLPOs will be available for FY16-17 reporting.

Assessment of Program Outcomes

Completion of the BS in Nursing Program
The Bachelor of Science in nursing program is designed to be completed at your own pace but must be completed within seven years of enrollment. The average time to completion for part-time students is four years. Approximately 68% of students who were new to Excelsior College and enrolled between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 completed the program within 14 trimesters (4.67 years) of attempting their first nursing component requirement.

Job Placement Rates
Based on responses to the one-year alumni survey between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2015, more than 95% of responding graduates indicated full- or part-time employment, with at least 91% indicating employment within the field of nursing. Response rates for the one-year survey ranged between 12% and 14% during the three-year period.

 

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