ERIC Number: ED229085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
An Evaluative Study of the Nurse Education Program. Research Report Number 82-1.
An evaluation of the nurse education program at Middlesex County College (MCC) was conducted in response to an increasing dropout rate and a decline in the passing rate of program graduates on the Licensing Board Examination (LBE). The study focused on the relationship between student background and performance and between student performance in their course work and on the LBE; and on faculty and student perceptions of the program's structure, curriculum, and evaluation process. The study involved: (1) the collection of data from student records for cohorts entering MCC between fall 1971 and fall 1981; (2) surveys of 540 students who entered the program between 1979 and 1981; and (3) interviews with program administrators and faculty. The study revealed that age, employment status, and certainty of career goals were significantly related to course performance. High school grades and aptitude test scores were good predictors of program success, and biology and advanced nursing course grades, overall grade point average, and achievement test scores were good predictors of success on the LBE. Student, instructor, and administrator evaluations of the program revealed a number of areas related to program structure, emphasis, and evaluation tools and procedures that should be improved. The study report includes 156 data tables, including 42 that break down findings by cohort. Recommendations for program improvement are provided. (DAB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Administrator Attitudes, Basic Skills, Cohort Analysis, Grade Prediction, Nursing Education, Participant Satisfaction, Predictor Variables, Program Improvement, Scores, State Standards, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Teacher Attitudes, Testing Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Middlesex County Coll., Edison, NJ. Office of Research and Planning.