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Licensure Performance

Various schools and programs track performance on applicable licensure examinations. Licensure pass rates are reviewed annually and used as needed to drive program improvements. The School of Education tracks the preparation of program completers through licensure pass rates on teacher and educational leadership licensure examinations. The School also tracks the performance of program completers from the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science on the Registered Kinesiotherapist Licensure Examination and the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The College of Science, Engineering, and Technology tracks the licensure pass rates of nursing students on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The School of Social Work tracks pass rates on the Association of Social Work Boards clinical licensure exam.

School of Education

The School of Education tracks candidate performance on teacher licensure examinations. The School's teacher education programs have been approved by the Virginia Department of Education and accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The School's achievement target for licensure exams is a 100 percent pass rate for program completers. Program pass rates range from 96 percent to 100 percent. In 2017-18, 100 percent of teacher candidates passed the required licensure exams.  Pass rates are published on the School's "About" web page.

Teacher Preparation Program Pass Rates by Academic Year

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

100%

100%

96%

100%

 100%

 

The School's graduate programs also track performance on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA), which is part of the licensure process for principals, superintendents, and school leaders. The School's achievement target for the SLLA is a 100 percent pass rate for program completers. Program completers have met the target for five consecutive years. In 2017-18, 100 percent of program completers passed the SLLA.  Pass rates are published on the School's "About" web page.

School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Pass Rates by Academic Year

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

100% 

100% 

100%

100%

100% 


Kinesiotherapy

The School of Education also tracks the licensure pass rates of program completers from the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science who take the Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT) Examination. The department's achievement threshold for the examination is a 50 percent pass rate for first-time test takers. The Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT) does not set a threshold, as the focus of their work is to administer a valid exam to all qualified applicants.

The program uses the results to identify students' strengths and weaknesses and to make necessary changes to the curriculum. Specifically, the program hired new faculty with expertise in the behavioral sciences and applied kinesiotherapy, areas where students had the most difficulty on the exam. The new faculty created a detailed examination study guide and enhanced the instruction of applied kinesiotherapy principles in two 400 level exercise science courses. The program's annual report highlights changes made to enhance student achievement on the licensure exam.

Over the last 20 years, 70 students were deemed eligible to sit for the exam. Pass rates range from a low of 22 percent in 2015-16 to a high of 100 percent in 2017-18. The most recent letter from the Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT) on the University's pass rates is attached. Pass rates are published on the School's "About" web page.

Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT) Examination Pass Rates by Academic Year

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

 33%

54%

22%

54%

100%

 

Food Science and Nutrition

The Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science offers its majors and students in select majors the opportunity to pursue a concentration in Food Science and Nutrition. Students in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology who major in Chemistry, and students in the College of Liberal Arts who major in Interdisciplinary Studies may pursue a concentration in Food Science and Nutrition. The program prepares students for careers as registered dietitians and tracks the success of program completers on the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program's achievement target for the exam is an 80 percent pass rate for program completers. Since 2013-14, pass rates have ranged from a low of 75 percent in 2015 to a high of 100 percent in 2017. A summary report of examination pass rates is attached. 

Registration Examination for Dietitians Pass Rates

2015

2016

2017

75%

83%

 100%


College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

The Department of Nursing and Allied Health tracks student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The department has two programs: an accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a traditional Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The programs have adopted the Virginia Board of Nursing's achievement target for the NCLEX-RN, which requires an 80 percent pass rate. Pass rates range from a low of 75 percent in 2015-16 to a high of 100 percent in 2017-18. The nursing program regularly evaluates pass rates and develops action plans to enhance student achievement. A recent initiative designed in 2017-18 to increase pass rates was the implementation of Lunch-N-Learn sessions for students enrolled in NUR 475 and NUR 495. The Lunch-N-Learn sessions serve as faculty moderated review sessions to prepare students for the HESI exam. An analysis of HESI exam results revealed that students who earned scores of 900 or above on the HESI were more likely to pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Students are now required to complete the HESI as an exit examination. In 2017-18, 90 percent of students in the accelerated BSN program and 100 percent of students in the traditional BSN program passed the NCLEX-RN. Pass rates for program completers by academic year are provided in Table 7.

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Accelerated BSN

 85%

77%

75%

79%

90%

Traditional BSN

 

 

 

95%

100%

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates by Academic Year

Source: Virginia Board of Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates for Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Education Programs

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and provides social work education through its Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) program, Master of Social Work (MSW) program, and doctoral (PhD) social work program. Licensure is not required to practice social work; however, in Virginia graduates of accredited social work programs who want to work in clinical practice agencies may pursue licensure. National first-time pass rates for the Association of Social Work Boards exceed 70 percent. Since 2013-14, first-time pass rates for program completers who took the clinical licensure examination have ranged from a low of 40 percent to a high of 50 percent.

Association of Social Work Boards First-Time Pass Rates by Academic Year

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

 

2016-17

50%

45%

42%

 

47%


Source: Association of Social Work Boards Pass/Fail Summary