The WMU Bronson School of Nursing (BSON) was awarded the Assessment Excellence Unit Award on Friday, March 12, 2010 during the First Annual WMU Assessment in Action Day, 2010. Joni Jones accepted the award on their behalf. We are pleased to recognize the assessment work of this department and their efforts to improve student performance in their programs and also to improve the programs and curriculum as well.
Over the past six years, the school has been evaluating academic success of their students and also their success on the registered nurse licensure examination. Using a variety of assessment methods, they determined that several of their student learning outcomes were not being met. Changes were made to the curriculum and a high-stakes standardized exit exam was administered to students to give them an idea of how they would score on the licensure exam prior to completion of their capstone course. If the scores were low, the students were provided with remediation and then retested before completion of their capstone course. Feedback from students and faculty has been positive and performance on the licensure exam continues to improve. In fact, the cohort that graduated in April 2009 achieved a 100% pass rate, the first time in the history of the WMU Bronson School of Nursing. This is just one example of how the WMU Bronson School of Nursing is using their assessment data to achieve improvement of student performance and to make positive and effective program and curriculum changes.
The faculty members in the WMU Bronson School of Nursing have shown a strong commitment to assessment and its use to improve the undergraduate program in their school and for this reason they have received the Assessment Excellence Unit Award for the 2009-10 academic year. Congratulations and keep up the great work!
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