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Chaminade's Nursing Program Receives Full Accreditation
Chaminade's Nursing Program Receives Full Accreditation
Faculty from the School of Nursing at Chaminade University of Honolulu joined leadership in celebrating the news that the university's School of Nursing baccalaureate program had been granted full accreditation for five years (the maximum) by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). From left to right are Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, Helen Turner, Stephanie Genz, Heather Schlessman, Ashley Keck, Larry Osborne, Edna Magpantay-Monroe, Eurina Kee and Jeanette Peterson.Chaminade University announced that it has received notice from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) that the baccalaureate degree program at Chaminade University of Honolulu is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) for the maximum five year period, extending to June 30, 2018. The accreditation is effective as of November 5, 2012, which is the first day of the program's recent CCNE on-site evaluation. Per the accreditation letter, the Board of Commissioners determined that the program met all four accreditation standards, adding that there are no compliance concerns regarding the key elements. "We are delighted to have reached this major milestone in our program," announced Chaminade Nursing Dean Stephanie Genz, EdD, RN. "Accreditation would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of our entire team here at Chaminade." In spring of 2014, the first cohort from the Chaminade University School of Nursing will graduate with some 50 students. Each year demand for the program far exceeds available spaces. Chaminade's program is an "admit and commit" program to ensure that there is space to graduate those who start as freshman.
School of Nursing at Chaminade University of Honolulu now has a five-year accreditation fromCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its BSN program.
The Hawaii State Board of Nursing gave Chaminade's nursing program the necessary approval it needed to officially launch its nursing program in fall 2010. That original first-year cohort from 2010 will soon graduate in spring 2014.
"Our first-year students come in with a strong commitment to becoming a nurse and are academically well-prepared and community minded from the get-go. Many of our students are also transfer students, which also ensures a very well prepared student," said Genz. "Consequently, our program has enjoyed high rates of retention, exceeding national averages."
"From the program's inception, through the commitment ceremony of the first class in the fall of 2010, to the recent completion of the third year," said Chaminade President Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger, PhD, SM, "the health care community, our nursing advisory board, faculty and staff have collaborated to create a first class nursing education."
Chaminade's nursing educational experience draws heavily upon the Catholic, Marianist and Native Hawaiian serving identity of the school. Through early introduction of clinical experience, active service learning programs, state-of-the art technology and a values based curriculum, Chaminade is preparing graduates who will be dedicated RNs succeeding in a variety of health care settings within Hawaii, the Pacific Region and the U.S. Mainland.
Leadership celebrated the major announcement of the School of Nursing at Chaminade University of Honolulu receiving full accreditation for five years (maximum) by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Considered major pioneers of the program are from left to right Drs. Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM (president); Helen Turner (dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics), Stephanie Genz (dean of Nursing),and Larry Osborne (provost).Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.###
About Chaminade University
Celebrating 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses.
The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, with 11 satellite locations around Oahu military bases and Catholic parishes and schools.
For more information, visit the Chaminade University website (link above) or call (808) 735-4711.
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY'S MISSION
Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, work and service. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade encourages the development of moral character and personal competencies, and the commitment to build a just and peaceful society. The University offers the civic and church communities of the Pacific region its academic and intellectual resources in the pursuit of common aims.
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OVERVIEW
INSTITUTION: Chaminade University of Honolulu
PRESIDENT: Dr. Mary C. Wesselkamper
YEAR FOUNDED: 1955
SPONSORSHIP: Independent with Catholic, Marianist affiliation
DEGREE LEVELS OFFERED: Associates, Bachelors, Masters
CALENDAR PLAN: Semester, two summer sessions/four, ten-week evening sessions
FTE Student/FTE Faculty ratio: 10.97: 1
Students receiving financial aid -93.71%
Native Hawaiian ethnicity breakdown: 13.91 %
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY -- DESCRIPTIVE OVERVIEW
Chaminade University of Honolulu is a small, Catholic, comprehensive university sponsored by the Province of the United States of America of the Society of Mary (Marianists). It is located on a hillside in suburban Honolulu, two miles from Waikiki beach. Chaminade's fall 2005 enrollment is more than 3,000 -- 1112 traditional day students, and approximately 2,000 students enrolled in graduate studies and the accelerated evening program offered at 11 sites on Oahu and via distance education. Chaminade currently offers three bachelors degrees in 21 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs, and several professional certificate programs.
Celebrating 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, with 11 satellite locations around Oahu military bases and Catholic parishes and schools. For more information, visit the Chaminade University website at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.
CHAMINADE AT A GLANCE
- Students and faculty at Chaminade have a very wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The values-centered education at Chaminade is universal and ecumenical.
- Students and faculty at Chaminade have a very wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The values-centered education at Chaminade is universal and ecumenical. Chaminade is ranked nationally among the top colleges in its category for diversity by U.S. News & World Report.
- Chaminade offers significant financial aid to assist underrepresented minority students.
- Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) is the only Catholic University in Hawaii. Founded by the Society of Mary under the leadership of Father Robert Mackey in 1955, Chaminade has been educating students in the Catholic Marianist tradition for nearly 50 years.
- Chaminade is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Intimate in size with an excellent student teacher-ratio (11:01), CUH students and faculty enjoy a spirit of ohana supporting each other ensuring their future success.
- Chaminade has been producing teachers who serve in the state for nearly 50 years; the state's first online Masters in Education was offered in 2004. The University also offers degrees in early childhood development and elementary education. It is also the only Montessori teacher preparatory program in Hawaii.
- The award-winning Interior Design program is the only one in Hawaii offering a four-year degree in interior design.
- Business is one of the most popular areas of study, and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program, led by a group of successful business advisors, prepares undergraduate students for entrepreneurial work in a wide range of organizations.
- Chaminade's basketball team earned worldwide acclaim in 1982 with its 77-72 victory over the number-one ranked University of Virginia, still known as one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY - A BRIEF HISTORY
The University is named after the founder of the Society of Mary, Father William Joseph Chaminade, a French Catholic priest who survived the political turmoil and religious persecution of the French Revolution. Father Chaminade believed that the rebuilding of the Church in France in the aftermath of the French Revolution would best be accomplished by the engagement of the laity in small communities of faith, dedicated to prayer, education and acts of service to the larger community. After two decades of work with those communities, and the founding of the Daughters of Mary in 1816, the third part of his vision of the Marianist Family materialized when he founded the Society of Mary, a religious community of priests and lay brothers in 1817.
The Marianists realized that education provided the means for passing on their distinctive vision of the Christian life to future generations, and, central to their educational efforts, was an emphasis on liberal education. In this sense, they understood that education was not merely a means for imparting a religious vision, but also an intellectual formation valuable in itself. This educational tradition and spirituality of the Society of Mary also embodies the ideal of service and an abiding respect for the complementary nature of a liberal education, on the one hand, and professional and technical education on the other. As the only Catholic university in Hawaii, Chaminade affirms a commitment to the integration of intellectual skills, Marianist values, social responsibility and cultural awareness.
In 1849, members of the Society of Mary came to the United States to minister to immigrant populations. As an outgrowth of their ministry, they founded first what grew to the University of Dayton and, shortly thereafter, what became St. Mary's University of San Antonio. In September of 1883, eight Marianists arrived in Honolulu and assumed the leadership of what is now St. Louis School. After many years of encouragement by the alumni of St. Louis, the decision was made by the Marianists to establish a Catholic college in Honolulu and, as a consequence, St. Louis Junior College opened in 1955. In 1957, the college became a four-year coeducational institution and the name was changed to Chaminade College. Chaminade expanded its services to the community in l967 with the establishment of an evening session to serve adults with business, family and military responsibilities who desired to pursue a college degree. In l977 Chaminade added graduate programs, and the name was changed to Chaminade University of Honolulu.
In 1996, Dr. Sue Wesselkamper became Chaminade's eighth president and the first woman to serve in such a post in Hawaii's history. The University is guided by a 40-member Board of Regents and 25-member Board of Governors representing a wide spectrum of business, government and education leaders from throughout Hawaii. Chaminade employs 291 full time faculty and staff and has approximately 300 adjunct professors on its active list.
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