The problem is, that we do the HESI tests all the way through, but the achievment of specific scores has not been a requirement to progress. It is the belief of some of our faculty that work directly with these students, that part of the problem is that the students do not consider HESI important. It was discussed that HESI should be part of the grade to make students value the importance of doing well on HESI. I am brand new, both to this college -and to academic teaching as well. I do not fully understand why, but the director is very leary about making specific HESI score achievements a requirement to progress/complete the program. I understand some of it. We are a small, private school (under a coglomerate)with no waiting list and actually recruiting students at this time. We are a costly program for students compared to other schools
as well, and while the Nursing Program Director would like more stringent acceptance and progressing policies, I think the corportate administration pushes for much lower requirements. I did find out today that HESI is not just based on general ADN program objectives identified by the state board, but rather they make custom tests for individual colleges based off of the specific college's curriculum/syllabi.
Given this information. I actually feel ok about making it part of the grade.