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Staff Report
to the
Senior Department Official
on
Recognition Compliance Issues

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1.
Agency:   New York State Board Of Regents (Nursing Education) (1969/2016)
                  (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
 
2.
Action Item:   Petition for Continued Recognition
 
3.
Scope of Recognition:   State agency for the approval of nurse education.
4.
Date of Advisory Committee Meeting:   December, 2015
 
5.
Staff Recommendation:   Continue the agency's current recognition and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months, and submit a compliance report 30 days after the 12 month period that demonstrates the agency's compliance with the issue identified below.
 
6.
Issues or Problems:   It does not appear that the agency meets the following sections of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition. These issues are summarized below and discussed in detail under the Summary of Findings section.

-- The agency must provide documentation to demonstrate that it reviews and evaluates institutions and programs relative to the requirements of this criterion in accordance with its written policy. [§3d.]



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 
 

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY

 
The New York State Board of Regents (Regents) was established by State Law in 1784 and was granted authority to accredit educational programs through a registration process in 1787. All educational and related institutions in the State are under the leadership of the Regents.

The Regents oversee the education, licensure, practice, and conduct of practitioners in 45 of the 47 licensed professions. The Commissioner heads the Education Department, as the executive administrative arm of the Board of Regents. The Education Department has the responsibility of administering and implementing the policies established by the Regents. Nursing schools and nurse education programs that lead to the associate degree, baccalaureate and graduate degrees are included in the Regents’ scope of recognition. The Department has not recieved any complaints regarding this agency since its last review. Department staff observed a site visit with the agency in October 2015.
 
 
Recognition History
 
The Secretary first recognized the Regents as a State agency for the approval of nurse education programs in 1969. The Regents have received periodic renewals of recognition since that time.

The agency's last determination for re-recognition was in the Fall of 2011. The Assistant Secretary's decision letter dated January 28, 2014 renewed the agency's recognition for a period of two years. The agency submitted a petition for re-recognition on June 04, 2015 The agency's re-recognition petition is the subject of this analysis.


PART II: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

 

3 d. Enforces a well defined set of standards regarding a school's ethical practices, including recruitment and advertising;
 
The agency has provided documentation that includes a handbook for standard policies and procedures (that includes advertising and recruitment standards) related to nursing programs within the state. In addition to the handbook, the agency has issued long standing memorandums that provide a code of ethics for advertising and recruiting students in degree-granting institutions.

What remains unclear is the application of these policies and the review of each institution or program. The agency should submit documentation that shows how they review for compliance and monitoring of these topics.


Analyst Remarks to Response:
In response to the draft analysis, the agency provided additional information and documentation in the form of a completed site visit report (attachment 2), self-study (attachment 3a), and an annual monitoring report (Attachment 4). Specifically within the self-study, recruitment has been identified by the institution. Also, the agency's 1980 Commissioner's Advisory Group adopted a code of ethics to assure institutions maintain high standards in the efforts toward advertising and recruitment. However, after reviewing the site team report, it is unclear whether the site visit team evaluated the institution in accordance with the requirements contained in the Code of Ethics for Advertising established by the Commissioner's Advisory Group. The site visit report contains no information that would indicate or demonstrate the review and evaluation of the program relative to the requirements of this section.
 
 

PART III: THIRD PARTY COMMENTS

 
The Department did not receive any written third-party comments regarding this agency.