S.O.N. Degree Programs Reaccredited

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

The School of Nursing's baccalaureate and master's degree programs recently were reaccredited by the National League for Nursing's Board of Review for Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs. The accreditation is in effect for eight years.

"We are very pleased that the league recognized the excellence of our programs and gave us full accreditation once again," said SON Dean Barbara H. Munro. "We are also grateful for the support the University has given us, enabling us to achieve this."

The NLN Board of Review, whose membership consists of nursing faculty from across the country, bases accreditation on several criteria - faculty publications, clinical facilities, graduation rates, and physical resources, such as library holdings. SON was one of the first schools to be evaluated under the board's new system, which is more data-based than past methods. Doctoral programs are not accredited, Munro noted.

Munro credited Prof. Laurel Eisenhauer (SON), who has served as a board representative in the past, for coordinating SON's efforts. The board plans to use SON's responses as a model for other schools as they go through the accreditation process, she added.

Board reviewers spent a week on campus observing SON students and faculty, and rated SON in each category. No deficiencies were noted, Munro said, and SON did very well across all levels. One review board member went so far as to say SON's library facilities were "to die for," Munro added.

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