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Report 03-2: Admission Policies and Attrition Rates in California Community College Nursing Programs

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

February 2003

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In 2001, the Governor signed SB 664 (Poochigian), Chapter 443, Statutes of 2001, which required the California Postsecondary Education Commission to conduct an analysis of community college admission procedures and attrition rates for their associate degree Registered Nursing (RN) programs. The Commission was directed to submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by January 2003.

The Commission prepared a scope of study to respond to SB 664, and with assistance of the California Policy Research Center of the University of California, engaged the services of Dr. Joanne Spetz and Dr. Jean Ann Seago of the University of California, San Francisco to conduct a study on its behalf.

Their report and concomitant recommendations provide several policy options that the Governor, Legislature, and community colleges should consider as a means to train and employ more nurses. The report recommends ways to improve California community college nursing program admission practices by identifying those students most likely to persist to graduation and state licensure; and provides several recommendations regarding the structure and services that should be available to support community college nursing students so that they will persist in their programs and graduate. The report recommends standardizing admission policies, prioritizing admissions, developing consistent unit requirements, providing additional financial aid to nursing students, and better informing students about program requirements.

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting of February 4, 2003.

Related Topics: Performance of Higher Education | Program Review | Eligibility for UC and CSU, Admission Policies | State and Federal Legislation

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