Seton Hall University College of Nursing Receives Inaugural Assessment and Impact Award for Nursing Education

Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing, a leader in contemporary healthcare education, was recognized as a winner of the inaugural Assessment and Impact Awards for Nursing Education by Skyfactor Benchworks, a Macmillan Learning company that provides research-based program assessments and benchmarking for a variety of programs.

Dean Marie C. Foley, Ph.D., R.N. accepted the award on the College’s behalf at the 2019 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. “Our undergraduate faculty, led by Dr. Judith Lucas, our associate dean of undergraduate programs and assessment, are dedicated to improving our curricula and, likewise, student retention and outcomes based on relevant data,” said Dean Foley. “Skyfactor contributes to our success in making appropriate data-driven changes.”

The Assessment and Impact Award for Nursing was created to highlight schools of nursing that are successfully using data to improve their programs, which in turn helps to retain students and develop more practice-ready nursing professionals. 

Benchworks selected the winners by analyzing multi-year assessment data that identified programs showing the best results or increases in performance in areas like course interactions and quality of instruction, as well as through interviewing nursing program administrators. The organization serves as the official assessment partner of AACN. Hundreds of nursing programs rely on Benchworks for insights into their programs’ outcomes aligned to AACN accreditation criteria. 

As New Jersey’s first college to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program, Seton Hall’s College of Nursing has educated approximately one-third of all New Jersey nurses and is one of the few universities in the country to be an approved College of Nursing for Army ROTC nursing candidates. U.S. News & World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. By offering educational opportunities from B.S.N. degree through the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and Ph.D., the College’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession with a commitment to lifelong learning, service and leadership for the greater good of the global society.


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