Last fall, NLNAC reviewers conducted an on-site evaluation of the school and its relationship to the entire campus operation. In addition, the school submitted an extensive self study. The combined results earned the School of Nursing continued accreditation.
"The reviewers commented positively about a number of our program's strengths," said Dava Shoffner, Tennessee Tech's interim dean of nursing. "They complimented the quality of our graduates, who are meeting the health care needs of the Upper Cumberland; our recent emphasis on increasing the number of faculty with doctorates; serving as a role model in community outreach efforts for other academic units; and, of course, achieving 100% pass rates for the past two years on the state board exams."
Shoffner, a former faculty member at UT-Knoxville's College of Nursing, was appointed interim dean in January, following the December retirement of Dean Barbara Reynolds.
"Since I've been here, I've been extremely impressed with the competency and openness of the faculty to new ideas," she said. "They're flexible and willing to take on many different tasks, and it's a pleasure working with them."
NLNAC accreditation is a voluntary process that provides for the maintenance and enhancement of educational quality. The commission reviews participating programs every eight years. Tennessee Tech's program was first accredited in 1982 and continuously has maintained that status.