CON Professional Graduate Nursing Program Curriculum Committee Rules of the Faculty Organization version October 2014

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
COLLEGE OF NURSING
Professional Graduate Nursing Program Curriculum Committee Rules of the Faculty Organization Subsection: 4.1.8
Section 4.0 - Bylaws Originating Date: March, 1983
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Professional Graduate Nursing Program Curriculum Committee
Faculty Coordinating Council;
General Faculty Organization
Revised: January, 1999
Revised: May, 2000
Revised: February, 2004
Revised: February, 2005
Revised: April, 2006
Revised: September, 2007
Revised: September, 2008
Revised: December, 2008
Revised: May, 2010
Revised: August, 2011
Revised: November, 2011
Revised: April, 2012
Revised: October, 2014
 


1.    Purpose:

The overall purpose of the Professional Graduate Nursing Program Curriculum Committee is to assure that the curricula of the Master of Science in Nursing-MSN and the Doctor in Nursing Practice-DNP programs are of high quality. The goal is to insure that all professional graduate nursing courses and educational outcomes are a reflection of national and specialty standards, the intent of the mission, philosophy, conceptual framework and program outcomes of the College of Nursing, and current health-care related societal changes and demands.

2.    Function:

The Professional Graduate Nursing Program Curriculum Committee provides leadership and governance to insure the quality of the program curricula. The Committee functions include:

  1. Plan, monitor, and approve professional graduate nursing program courses and curricula and make recommendations for change to the CON Graduate Faculty. Approval of recommendations will be determined by vote of faculty with graduate status.
  2. Review professional graduate nursing curricular policies and procedures on a regular basis and make recommendations for change to the CON Graduate Faculty as necessary. Approval of policies will be determined by vote of faculty with graduate status
  3. Collaborate with other CON graduate and undergraduate committees on issues which are determined to impact the quality of the professional graduate nursing program curricula.
  4. Appoint task force members, as necessary, to analyze specific professional graduate nursing program curricula concerns or issues in order to facilitate the work of the committee.
  5. Develop and implement regular, ongoing formal evaluation and quality improvement processes for professional graduate nursing program courses and specialty tracks in accordance with the CON evaluation plan.
  6. Evaluate professional graduate nursing program outcomes in accordance with the CON evaluation plan and make recommendations for improvements as needed.
  7. Be responsive to educational innovations and health systems change as reflected in curricular improvements.
  8. Communicate the work of the committee through minutes and presentations.

3.    Committee Membership:

Members will have Graduate Faculty status with a doctoral degree. There will be a minimum of eight members with at least one member from the West Nebraska, Kearney, or Northern Division. The remaining members will be elected at large to represent the various specialties in the professional graduate nursing program. Four members of the committee must be advanced practice registered nurses.

4.    General Committee Membership Guidelines:

  1. There will be a minimum of eight members on the committee with voting eligibility.
  2. The committee will elect a chair by majority vote each year in the summer or fall.
  3. The committee will elect a co-chair by majority vote each year in the summer or fall.
  4. The co-chair will succeed the chair the following year.
  5. Members shall serve for a term of three years.
  6. Members cannot serve for more than two consecutive terms.

5.    Committee Memberships (Ex-officio and Non-Voting) are as follows:

  1. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs
  2. Director of the DNP Program
  3. Director of the PhD Program
  4. Student representative
  5. Director of Evaluation
  6. Director of Student Services
  7. Student Services Graduate Coordinator

6.    Meeting Guidelines:

  1. The committee will meet monthly during the academic year.
  2. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chairperson.
  3. The committee will vote on all major and minor issues related to quality of the curricula including:
    1. Recommendations for changes in mission statement, philosophy, organizing framework, and goals of the program.
    2. Recommendations for changes to the general design of the curriculum.
    3. Recommendations for changes to program competency domains, course descriptions, and objectives.
    4. Recommendations to changes in credit allocation, prerequisites, and sequencing of courses.
    5. Recommendations regarding transfer of courses.