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FSU suspends nursing program

Posted May 11, 2009

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— Fayetteville State University on Monday suspended its bachelor's degree program in nursing.

The program has been plagued by students performing poorly on state nursing exams.

In 2008, for example, 24 FSU students – 39 percent – passed the nursing exam on their first try, according to the state Board of Nursing. The average pass rate was 88 percent among North Carolina's 68 programs that train registered nurses.

Chancellor James Anderson said he wouldn't allow any new students to enroll in the four-year program until administrators can overhaul it. Current nursing students will be allowed to complete their degree.

In February, Anderson said the university planned to admit fewer students to the nursing program to give leaders a chance to focus on improving test scores.

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  • tarheelalum May 12, 2009

    I think the problem is in the low academic admission standards of the University. It just happens that the nursing exam is one of the few standardized exit exams and clearly illustrates the low academic performance rate.

  • udoowutchyalike May 12, 2009

    "its not the fault of the students, they pass or fail their classes. Its the fault of the faculty 100%. "
    This is the stupidest comment I think I have ever seen on here. So it's the faculty's fault that every student is not getting 100% on every test they take??? There may be needs for new faculty and teaching structures, but to say that this falls 100% on the faculty is very ignorant.

  • tgw May 12, 2009

    It's time to CLEAN HOUSE in that program. Start over with new faculty, new course strcture, and new students. This takes time and money. Coddling cannot happen in nbursing, as this can cause lives. If the students cannot cut the classes, they should never be allowed to take state boards.

    And keep politics and race out of this mess. They don't belong there. This is about faculty, administration, and students-only!

  • Supie May 11, 2009

    its not the fault of the students, they pass or fail their classes. Its the fault of the faculty 100%. If they pass a student without that student knowing nursing standards then the faculty fails.

  • commonsensical May 11, 2009

    They're going to focus on 'improving test scores'?!?! How about focusing on improving the quality of the instructors, and selecting better candidates for the program? I took a CNA class, and the instructor was a retired registered nurse who couldn't even pronounce many of the medical terms in the textbook!

  • affirmativediversity May 11, 2009

    Lord help any medical provider that has something go wrong while a FSU graduate nurse is the one providing care!

  • affirmativediversity May 11, 2009

    highly-blessed, if what you stated is accurate (and I have no reason to doubt it) then you should be more upset than most that the recent to current administration at FSU and UNC have cheapened your degree by making that same degree available with little or no effort.

    Face it, people place a lesser value on things that are "given easily" as opposed to those things that must be "hard earned"...this theory works for Degrees too!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 11, 2009

    highly-blessed, glad to hear it. It sounds as though the University needs a higher academic admission standard. You probably were a good student before and during your college education. But if the University is lowering their standards and allowing less studious students into the program, this would easily explain why so many can't pass a test on the first try, as 88% of the state's students have accomplished.

  • readerman May 11, 2009

    "So it's the university fault that certain students choose to put their education on the back burner? I am a PROUD graduated of FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY"

    ??

  • highly-blessed May 11, 2009

    So it's the university fault that certain students choose to put their education on the back burner? I am a PROUD graduated of FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY and their actions do not reflect me in any way. So please do not pass judgement or stereotype all of us! I am a very successful person thanks to the education I received.

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