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September 2009

Release Date: Sept. 8, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Nursing Department Given Enrollment Growth Award

Angelo State University’s Department of Nursing has been awarded $90,000 by the state legislature to aid its efforts toward increasing its enrollment of first-year nursing students.

The money was awarded through the Professional Nursing Shortage Reduction Program (PNSRP) – Over 70 Program, which doled out awards in varying amounts to Texas nursing schools that posted graduation rates of more than 70 percent in 2008. The amount of money given to each school was based on the number of additional students it would take to reach the legislature’s goal of a 12 percent enrollment increase in first-year registered nurse programs.

ASU enrolled 78 new nursing students in 2007-08. Based on that number, the Nursing Department has to enroll 87 new students this year to meet the 12 percent increase requirement. Since the needed increase was nine students, ASU was awarded $90,000 to pay for the faculty and equipment to teach them. Since ASU already exceeded its goal by enrolling 98 new students this fall, the Nursing Department not only gets to keep the entire grant, but also may be in line for additional money in the spring.

The state money is earmarked for hiring additional faculty and clinical lab staff to teach the increased student load, for retention staff to help keep nursing students in school, and for certain types of supplementary teaching and lab equipment.

“I have already posted a lab position because I know we are short there,” said Dr. Susan Wilkinson, head of the ASU Nursing Department. “I may need additional part-time faculty in the spring when we add our spring enrollment because that will be extra students who we may not be able to cover with the faculty we have. We are also looking at some new equipment for our Simulation Lab.”

For the 2010-11 academic year, the required enrollment increase to qualify for full state funding through the PNSRP – Over 70 Program will be 18 percent.

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