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The Meridian Star
In the recently released 2013 Annual Report for Mississippi Nursing Degree Programs, Meridian Community College’s Associate Degree nursing program ranked among the state leaders on multiple performance indicators. The report was generated by Janette S. McCrory, director of nursing education for the Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning (IHL)
On the degree completion rate performance indicator, MCC led the state’s community colleges with a percentage of 82.33, according to the report. That was 5.96 percentage points higher than the next highest ranking community college program. It also marked the second straight year MCC has led the state in that category.
MCC officials said they are pleased with the results.
“Our completion rate reflects a commitment by the faculty to do all possible to help each student succeed,” said Dr. Betty Davis, dean of nursing at Meridian Community College. “We have focused on early assessment of students to help identify strategies that best fit their learning styles. There is an intervention process for students who are not performing as well as needed.”
Davis further explained that the process allows for a one-to-one ratio for faculty/student interaction. Throughout the two-year program, there are multiple assessment/remediation points using standardized testing products.
“The faculty truly takes ownership of each student’s success and works with that student to complete the program and pass licensure examination,” Davis said.
On the number of total graduates category, MCC produced the third most Associate Degree nursing graduates of any community college program in the state with 153 after having been ranked No. 1 in the state in that category last year.
“Overall, I couldn’t be prouder of the job Dr. Davis and her faculty and staff have done,” said Dr. Scott Elliott, MCC president. “Over the last two years, MCC has produced over 350 ADN nursing graduates, which is an extraordinary accomplishment for a community college the size of MCC.
Statistically-speaking, we have the smallest geographic district in the state (one-half of one county) and one of the smaller total enrollments. Yet, we offer one of the premier nursing programs in the state. That’s a product of not only teaching excellence, but also the strong support of our local hospitals and clinics who partner with us on providing expert clinical training for our students.”