A New Mexico State University Commission’s report calls for specific steps to be taken in towards regaining accreditation for the Dona Ana Community College nursing program.
The commission led by College of Education Dean Michael Morehead, provided a detailed summary of the actions that led to the loss of National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission accreditation for DACC nursing program.
NMSU Interim President Manuel T. Pacheco said, “The committee which included both internal and external reviewers, developed strong recommendations concerning institutional accreditation process.”
The Commission listed recommendations that include:
• Roberta Derlin, associate provost for accreditation, outcomes assessment and program review, will be responsible for developing a system-wide approach to monitor accreditation status and preparation.
• Two full-time master of science in nursing credentialed faculty members have been hired for the DACC nursing program.
• To help build faculty stability and retention in the nursing program, DACC has implemented a compensation plan for nursing faculty that includes sign on bonuses, retention bonuses and market competitive salaries.
• Efforts to streamline all NMSU faculty hiring are also under way. NMSU's Human Resource Services is currently implementing a new recruitment and hiring system for faculty, which will simplify the process. Also, Interim Provost Jay Jordan and Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry have initiated steps to expedite the process and they have determined it is no longer necessary for faculty hires to be approved by the Provost's Office. This will help departments to proceed in a more timely manner.
• The university will implement the recommendation to form a "system-wide" Nursing Council to provide oversight and coordination for the nursing programs.
DACC President Margie Huerta was satisfied with the work of the commission. Huerta says,
"The commission's report offered a very thorough review, and we recognize all the effort put forth through their recommendations," Huerta said. "Many items in the report were also recommendations by the NLNAC, and these items have already been addressed or are in the process of being addressed. The commission's findings indicate DACC is on the right track with how we are best benefitting the students and the program. We appreciate all the hard work and time put forth by community members who served on the commission. This level of dedication demonstrates a strong commitment to our students, the program and our community partnerships."
The official report can be found at www.nmsu.edu/president/ under Presidential Reports.