Categories and Criteria for Schools of Nursing
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The choice of category to pursue for COE designation
is a decision that the faculty and nursing administration of each school makes
based on its strengths, goals, and areas of distinction. Each school will identify
the area in which it demonstrates excellence and in which it has created an
environment that all faculty are committed to sustaining.
Categories of Designation
- Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning
and Professional Development
- Creating Environments that Promote the Pedagogical
Expertise of Faculty
- Creating Environments that Advance the Science of
Designation is based on the extent to which the evidence provided in the application
indicates excellence and innovation in the selected category as specified by the
criteria delineated below. These criteria were developed based on insights gained
from a search of the relevant literature and research related to the educational
Creating Environments That Enhance Student Learning and Professional
Research in nursing and higher education supports the need to engage students
in the educational endeavor. The criteria used to define excellence in this category
are as follows:
Creating Environments That Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty
A comprehensive and ongoing plan that develops students’ values and
socializes them to new roles, professional involvement, commitment to lifelong
learning, and creativity has been developed and implemented by the faculty as
evidence of their shared vision.
- Pedagogical research is used to develop innovative program designs that prepare
graduates to engage in high-quality, evidence-based practice.
- All curricula are flexible, dynamic, current and relevant and empower students
to achieve their personal goals and interests as they learn or advance their
knowledge in the practice of nursing.
- Collaboration among faculty, students, and clinical partners ensures innovative,
individualized, and evidence-based nursing education.
- Students and faculty are actively engaged in their communities, resulting
in enhanced student learning and professional development, as well as advancement
of the profession.
- Faculty are encouraged and supported to develop new pedagogies that create
and sustain dynamic learning environments.
Research supports the need for the continuous development of faculty related
to the full scope of their academic role. The criteria used to define excellence
in this category are as follows:
- All faculty promote excellence in teaching, student advisement, and curriculum
development as evidenced by their shared vision.
- Faculty interactions with students and colleagues promote innovation and
contribute to the creation of a preferred future for nursing education.
- All faculty design and implement educational experiences that enhance student
learning utilizing their pedagogical development and resources.
- Evaluation of the established faculty development program demonstrates its
effectiveness in achieving pedagogical expertise.
- Faculty are actively engaged in their communities, resulting in enhanced
student learning, professional development, and advancement of the profession.
- Faculty professional goals, related to excellence, innovation, and continued
growth, are based on evaluations from administrators, peers, students, and self.
Creating Environments That Advance the Science of Nursing Education
In order to sustain excellence in nursing education, increasing attention has
been focused on developing the science of nursing education. The criteria used
to define excellence in this category are as follows:
- Faculty endeavors reflect a commitment to a shared vision that supports the
utilization of pedagogical research that advances the science of nursing education.
- Faculty regularly undertake evidence-based pedagogical projects or programs
of research that advance excellence in nursing education.
- Faculty use research and evidence-based findings in innovative ways for
curriculum design and development of instructional strategies to impact outcomes.
- Faculty create mechanisms for the systematic assessment of creative and
innovative, evidence-based evaluation methods that enhance student learning.
- Faculty contributions to the science of nursing education reflect dissemination
through publications, particularly in peer-reviewed journals, or presentations
in local, regional, and national forums.
- Faculty engage students in developing the science of nursing education by
involving them in pedagogical projects and evidence-based nursing education.
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