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University of Sioux Falls
Grant ID #:  P031A080196
Title III Summary of Current Activities
November 2010

The second year of our Title III grant was very productive and we are actively pursuing our Year Three Objectives.  We are in the process of piloting our traditional 4-year nursing degree, which has a cohort of 33 students, and our accelerated nursing degree program, which began this past January with a first time cohort of 20 students.  All 20 students were retained this fall in the program.  Our next accelerated nursing cohort will begin in January.  So far, 36 students have been accepted into that program.  We are also in the process of developing the third tier of our nursing program:  the RN-to-BSN degree.  Our second Nursing Specialist began in September 2010.  In addition to developing and piloting our first two nursing programs and courses, the Activity Director and Nursing Specialists have been preparing for our national accreditation site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  We completed all of our Year Two tasks listed in the Implementation Timetable in our grant proposal, with the exception of our summative evaluation which is in progress, and are making good progress with our Year Three tasks.

As the Project Director, I am currently working with the Business Office to close out the Year Two expenditures. I am also working with IT to enhance dissemination of Title III information on our campus website and beginning to work on the Year Two Annual Report.  We continue to have regular meetings of Title III personnel and our Project Monitoring Team met in October and will meet again once the Annual Report is complete to review it.  We expended our entire budget for Year Two.  Moving into Year Three, we have begun the process of institutionalizing the salaries and benefits for the Activity Director and Nursing Specialists.
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Everything continues to progress smoothly.  The addition of the Title III funding to start a School of Nursing at the University of Sioux Falls continues to be transforming to our campus.  At this point, I do not foresee any specific threats to our continued use of Title III to develop and pilot our new nursing program.