Walla Walla Nursing Program Reaccredited with Warning

(system) #1

In August, we reported that two Seventh-day Adventist universities in North America, Walla Walla University and Washington Adventist University, lost accreditation for their nursing programs. At that time Walla Walla University, with about 190 nursing majors, had its national nursing accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) denied, effective July 23, because the program did not have enough fully-credentialed full- and part-time faculty.

After appealing the denial, ACEN has extended Walla Walla's accreditation with a warning. Walla Walla University announced the extension with a press release on the university's website:

The Walla Walla University School of Nursing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has been extended. This decision comes following a WWU appeal to an ACEN decision in July 2014 to deny continuing accreditation of the program.

"Based on our appeal, our accreditation status has been changed from 'denied' to 'continued accreditation with warning,'" says Lucille Krull, dean of the School of Nursing.

The ACEN did not fault School of Nursing curriculum, quality, or outcomes. The initial denial of continued accreditation was issued when the university failed to meet one standard for graduate degree credentialing of School of Nursing instructors. That standard is that all WWU School of Nursing faculty members must possess a master's degree.

"As of January 2015, 100 percent of our nursing faculty will have a master's degree in nursing," says Krull.

An ACEN site visit is scheduled for February 2015. The site visit will include a full self-study and will allow the ACEN to verify that the university is in compliance with all accreditation requirements.

"Graduates from the Walla Walla University School of Nursing consistently outperform the national pass rates on their National Council Licensure Examinations," says Bob Cushman, vice president for academic administration. "The university will continue its focus on academic quality."

Washington Adventist University has not yet had its nursing program accreditation reinstated or extended.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6389

(efcee) #2

Congratulations to Walla Walla U!

(Thomas J Zwemer) #3

the higher the nursing degree the further from patient care the nurse. desk bound, every entry must meet federal standards regardless. I owe my life to LPN’s. Tom Z

(jeremy) #4

what an encouraging development…sometimes these accrediting bodies dwell on technicalities instead of the actual strength of the program…

(Steve Mga) #5

Before her retirement I had a nursing instructor friend who taught at Southern. she was required to get a Master’s Degree. So she took LLU’s extension program for a Master in Public Health, thinking that would meet the requirements.
When they had their evaluation, she was told this would not be an acceptable Masters. She had to complete another Masters, in Nursing which she took from the University of Chattanooga.
So they can be picky as to WHICH master degree one has.
WWU needs to assist their staff with obtaining a Masters. That is the best way.

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #6

It’s always up to a student to determine requirements; however, if this is true, then Southern should have advised correctly, or LLU, as well. Too many students embark on degree programs in a way that no one in his or her right mind would pursue a mortgage or the purchase of a new car. I believe that the MS was not the primary hold-up at Walla Walla but the number of doctoral degrees. In whatever case, Krull is a highly competent administrator and worked this out well: The totality of Walla Walla was not wanting, so she had a relatively easy fix to manage.