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Centers of Excellence (COE)

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Nursing Education National League for Nursing - Excellence Roles

Responsibilities of Consultants and Schools

In September 2003, the NLN Board of Governors approved the NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education Program as a way to recognize schools of nursing that have achieved a level of excellence in one of three areas:

  • 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
    Nursing Education.
Critical to the success of this program are the consultants who make the onsite visit to each school seeking designation as an NLN Center of Excellence, the school itself, and the COE Committee.

These guidelines were adapted from the original guidelines developed in 2004 to clearly define the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the consultant and school. It is particularly critical to distinguish the Centers of Excellence program (and the role of the consultant and school) from accreditation (and the role of program evaluators and schools) since these programs are very different from each other. Thus, these guidelines clearly articulate what the Centers of Excellence consultant and applicants are and are not expected to do prior to, during, and after the onsite visit.

Any questions about the roles and responsibilities of anyone involved in the Centers of Excellence process should be directed to Tish Hess, NLN’s Director, Membership and Recognition Programs , at

Click here to view and or download the Roles and Responsibilities Document



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