Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has honored the UT Arlington College
of Nursing and Dallas-based Academic Partnerships with a 2012 Star Award for
success in the University’s online RN-to-BSN program, which has allowed
thousands of registered nurses to complete bachelor’s degrees conveniently and
Arlington is one of only four colleges and universities in the state to receive
the Texas Higher Education Star Award for partnerships this year. The awards program
is part of the statewide board’s Closing the Gaps by 2015 initiative. Winners
were announced in Austin this week as part of the 2012 Reinventing Instruction
and Learning Conference and the Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference.
it began in 2008, the online RN-to-BSN has helped increase enrollment in the UT
Arlington College of Nursing from 1,912 students in fall 2008 to a preliminary
enrollment of 6,385 students this fall.
date, 2,355 registered nurses have earned a Bachelor of Science degree through
the program and completed their coursework in an average of 18 months. Almost
half of Texas nurses who completed an RN-to-BSN degree during academic year
2010-2011 did it through UT Arlington.
Moore, UT Arlington senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, said
the success of the RN-to-BSN program has stemmed from a university-wide effort,
from staff providing technical support to retooling financial aid and
award is an important recognition of the collaborative work by multiple offices
across the University to challenge traditional ways of offering programs and to
develop new, innovative, and responsive programs that serve a high demand area
of instruction that is of particular importance to the state,” Moore said. “I
am very appreciative to all our staff who devoted countless hours to making
this program a success for our students.”
Coordinating Board adopted the Closing the Gaps by 2015 plan in 2000. It sets
goals for increasing student participation and success in higher education and
furthering research. The Star Award recognizes programs that embody those
partnerships also are key to UT Arlington’s thriving RN-to-BSN program. The
University collaborated with Academic Partnerships to develop an
online-delivery system for the College of Nursing curriculum and to promote the
program. The College of Nursing also partners with more than 245 Texas
hospitals whose employees have taken part in the University’s RN-to-BSN program.
award in the category of partnerships attests to UT Arlington and
Academic Partnerships working successfully together since 2008 to increase
student enrollment in the RN-to-BSN program while maintaining high quality. The 5,000
nurses currently enrolled in the program point to its affordability and
accessibility as key factors for going back to receive their BSN degrees,” said
Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing.
for the online RN-to-BSN program is $8,995, compared to as much as $20,000 at
some for-profit institutions. Enrollment also is flexible, with all
pre-requisites and nursing courses offered in five to eight-week sessions
instead of traditional 15-week semesters.
collaboration between UT Arlington and Academic Partnerships is a good example
of what a public-private partnership can do to expand access and enhance the
educational attainment of the healthcare workforce," said Randy Best,
founder of Academic Partnerships. "We are proud that after only four years
of working together to put UT Arlington's innovative and high quality nursing
programs online, their College of Nursing has become one of the fastest growing
and largest in the United States."
The University of Texas
at Arlington College of Nursing has become one of the largest and most
successful nursing programs in the nation. In addition to its RN-to-BSN
program, the University offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
for first time nurses that can be completed in as little as 15 months and a
master’s program in an online format. Visit www.uta.edu/nursing/ to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.