the hesi exam is officially abolished and we are now all able to graduate!!! students that should have graduated in may 2010 will graduate on aug. 11 2010. the other students from 2005-2009 are given another date. it did not happen over night. it was a group effort from students from malclom x college that made it happen. i was involved in that group. we started on this process a week after may 10th. we made flyers, we protested, and we met with the chancellor and her cheif of staff. we addressed all our concerns. we also did research on the exam and provided documents on the exam and how it was being abused. we asked help from other students from other city colleges. some students from olive harvey came out to help us in our quest. most students from other schools criticized us and said, " nothing will happen... it's a waste of time".
" they do this type of stuff every year".
still we did not give up!!! i thank my group and especially our group leader almarie who organized the whole thing. i'm am sooo happy that i was a part of this accomplishment . i thank the chancellor for listening to us and making this happen. she is an amazing person!!!!
this is proof that dreams do happen as long as people stay determined and never give up!!!
check your ccc e-mail.
here is the official letter
[color=#2e3436]june 25, 2010
to: ccc nursing students - class of 2010
from: chancellor cheryl l. hyman
re: nursing comprehensive examination
first, let me thank you for sharing your concerns and experiences about
the nursing program and bringing the issues surrounding the
comprehensive examination to my attention. i appreciate your
professionalism and the research you have provided on this issue. your
persistence and determination are great attributes that will serve you
well in your careers.
after consultation with the college presidents and review of national
policies and best practices relating to nursing programs, i have made a
decision about the issues you have shared with me. my concerns for all
programs at city colleges of chicago are outcomes and student success,
so i will be involved in evaluating the district's nursing programs to
ensure that there is a quality curriculum and students are prepared for
the city's nursing jobs. this will not all be done in a short time,
but i assure you that positive changes will occur.
there were some inconsistencies in the timing at which students were
asked to sign acknowledgments of the city colleges of chicago academic
policy pertaining to the nursing comprehensive examination this year,
and the best solution is to allow the 2010 class to receive their
degrees. therefore, students who were enrolled under the current
policy and on track to graduate in may 2010 will be allowed to obtain
their associate in applied science degree in nursing. the official
degree completion date will be may 2010. the deadline date for applying
for graduation is friday, july 30th, 2010. the nursing directors at
your college will be available to assist you in this process. for
students completing this summer 2010, they will be required to complete
the required comprehensive review and test according to their summer
schedule. this policy change will only apply to students who've
successfully completed the nursing program in calendar year 2010, former
nursing students will be addressed later in this document. i will
continue to review other preparatory courses and to consult experts to
ensure that we have high standards in the program.
in order to obtain their degrees, students will need to meet all of the
requirements for the associate in applied science degree in nursing and
must apply for graduation. there is no fee for applying for graduation
or participation in the ceremony. the degree criteria require a total of
70 credit hours: 14 hours of prerequisites, 41 hours of nursing core
courses, and 15 hours of general education courses. once the applied
science application has been approved by the college, the student will
then be eligible to receive his or her nursing state board application.
the college will assist you with this process. we have planned a summer
graduation ceremony and pinning on august 11, 2010 at malcolm x college
for you and your families. the event will start at 6:30 p.m. there is
no limit on the number of friends and family who can attend the
ceremony. please rsvp with your nursing director if you plan on
participating in the ceremony. you will receive more detailed
information about the graduation from the nursing directors. i strongly
encourage you to work hard to prepare for the state nursing examination
and to take a review course, offered by ccc. ccc is offering a state
licensure test-taking and review course this summer at no cost to
students. for those enrolled, we encourage you to stay in the course
and to continue to enhance your skills for the state nursing
examination. if you are interested, please ask the nursing director for
the schedule. students are welcome to attend the day or evening
the presidents and i have been researching best practices and have
found that some nursing programs use different products for exit exams
while others use them for assessment. i am still in the evaluation
stage, so there has been no decision about how hesi or any other
examination will be used in the future. for students who have completed
the program between 2005 and 2010, there will be a one- time amnesty
based on the following criteria: completion of all nursing course
requirements for the catalogue year of entrance to nursing program,
completion of graduation requirements for an associates in applied
science degree according to catalogue year, completion of a nursing
review course (at the student's cost) between now and december 31,
2010, and that the student owes no debt to the city colleges of chicago.
students who want to participate in the nclex review this summer july
14, 15, and 16th at mxc will need to let their nursing director know by
july 9, 2010. in order to receive the certificate of completion, the
student will need to participate the entire three days of the review.
amnesty students will need to identify themselves to the appropriate
director of nursing by september 1, 2010 and will have until december
31, 2010 to complete the above requirements.
if you have any questions about these changes, please send an email to
me or talk to the president of your college. the presidents have been
very involved in this process and want you to be successful. i will be
working very closely with them on this issue. again, thank you for
choosing the city colleges of chicago to obtain your nursing degree and
thank you for bringing to my attention issues related to our program.
good luck and i look forward to seeing you at graduation.