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I'm sad to hear that SSU has terminated their contract with ISU. I know that many LVNs in California go is route in hopes to bridge as an RN. Could you send me information on the petition? I would like to sign it and support you guys. Thanks!
The Indiana State University distant learning program that was connected to Sonoma State University (a California State University) has dissolved--and for good reason.
1. The contract (aka MOU) between ISU and SSU ended January 2012 but the two universities did not enter into any negotiations prior to the MOU end date.
2. The two universities decided to temporarly extend the old MOU for 6 months (January to July);
3 There was no renewal in July and the MOU was renewed temporarily for another 6 months, until Dec.
4. The Californial State University Chancellor did not renew the MOU as of September 25, 2012. The 2nd temporary MOU ends December 31, 2012. No extension; end of program at that time.
Sadly, neither ISU nor SSU announced the end of the program and the Chancellor's decision Instead, the two universities forced the CA BRN to break the news to those in the Board meeting audience.
Additionally, there were serious compliance issues the Partnership between Indiana State and Sonoma State had with with the Calif BRN. I personally was aware of problems within the ISU program, and when I went to the Califorinia business code (I believe that is the code) as well as the Calif BRN rules/laws, I noted that ISU was out of compliance (or had broken at least 4 of the rules/laws)--actually the CA BRN noted even more noncompliance issues.
May 2012 - According to the California BRN, it initiated an investigation into Indiana State University's LVN to BSN program after it received a student complaint. According to the CA BRN, unless a student complains the Board is not aware of problems. [Makes one wonder where the consumer protection is in this instance.] So, the CA BRN investigated and from what the Board said at the hearing, ISU told the Board's investigator there were no noncompliance issues. The CA BRN closed the student's complaint without prejudice.
Then the CA BRN started to receive more student complaints. The BRN went back to ISU and started a real investigation. What the BRN found was a program that had 7 noncompliance issues. During the investigation, ISU continued to admit new students into the program. When the Calif BRN Board asked the Board's investigator why the CA BRN allowed ISU to continue to admit students when there were the outstanding compliance issues, the CA BRN investigator stated
to the Board and all those at the San Diego Board meeting, "ISU LIED TO US
." Meaning that ISU lied to the CA BRN investigator who was charged with investigating student complaints of problems within the program.
I have no idea the ramifications of lying to a Board of Nursing when it is investigating student complaints or noncompliance issues within the nursing program, but I would imagine that the CA BRN was not too happy with the ISU nursing administrators. FYI: Those ISU nursing administrators present were: the ISU Health and Human Services Dean, the executive director for the nursing dept, and the department chair for the nursing department, ISU attorney, and a few other people. There were also SSU nursing administrators at the CA BRN meeting, also.
As to why the California State University Chancellor pulled the plug on the LVN to BSN program--a good source of income for SSU and ISU--is unknown Possibly, the Chancellor never intended to renew the contract with ISU as noted that no contact was renewed once the original MOU (contract) ended January 2012.
Possibly after reviewing the LVN to BSN program, receiving information about the Calif BRN investigation of student complaints, and realizing that Indiana State University nursing administration had lied to the BRN that the Chancellor felt that ISU was too much of a liability for the California State University system to tolerate.
Either way, the program ends December 2012. All those students who are taking their prerequisites, are involved in challenge exams, or are admitted to the program have not only lost their money but also their time. Although the CA BRN Board meeting was Thursday, September 27th, to date ISU has failed to notify the students of the end of the program and what ISU plans to do to assist the students or how much it will refund of their tuition. What students have been told is to continue with their classes as ISU is diligently working on their behalf to work a teach out plan. However, there is no program for ISU and even if ISU found a partner to offer a new program, any program could not exist before next year.
The California BRN Board meeting was videotaped. The Board will post its minutes and video of the September 27, 2012 meeting Anyone wishing to review the discussion of the SSU/ISU distant learning LVN to BSN program can hear what was said about ISU and what the two universities said in their defense--as well as what members of the audience said when they addressed the Board and SSU/ISU.