DACC nursing program loses accreditat...

DACC nursing program loses accreditation; questions loom for students

There are 8 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Aug 10, 2012, titled DACC nursing program loses accreditation; questions loom for students. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

The news left many students, especially those furtherest along in the program, worried and scrambling to find out what the loss means for their academic and professional careers.

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Anonymous

Las Cruces, NM

#1 Aug 12, 2012
What exactly does this mean??

“Phooey on Politicians”

Since: Jan 11

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#2 Aug 12, 2012
Anonymous wrote:
What exactly does this mean??
It means the nursing students are royally screwed. Without the National Accreditation of their program, they are basically not employable even if they pass their Nursing Board Exams. Plus they won't be able to get into a Bachelor of Nursing program if all they have is the Associate Registered Nurse degree.

DACC and its administration just kicked all of the nursing students to the curb and stomped on them, smiling the whole time.
Ex- El Paso Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Aug 13, 2012
We had a total failure of a program due to the adminstration of DACC. NO OTHER REASON!!!!!!

Based on current ethics and standards in 2012 in the USA I guess it is time for the same adminstrators to get a raise and bonus?

Taxpayers and students deserve better than this.

I am a NMSU alumni and will never donate to NMSU/DACC becuase of crap like this.

Both use to be good schools. I guess supporting loosing footballs teams buy pulling funds from education and administrators lining their pockets and looking for the bigger and better deal are the priorities now!!!!
Anonymous

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Aug 13, 2012
Migraine_King wrote:
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It means the nursing students are royally screwed. Without the National Accreditation of their program, they are basically not employable even if they pass their Nursing Board Exams. Plus they won't be able to get into a Bachelor of Nursing program if all they have is the Associate Registered Nurse degree.
DACC and its administration just kicked all of the nursing students to the curb and stomped on them, smiling the whole time.
So basically one is better off going to that crappy Vista College and getting some type of Nursing Degree.

“Phooey on Politicians”

Since: Jan 11

Politicians are full of BS!!

#5 Aug 13, 2012
Anonymous wrote:
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So basically one is better off going to that crappy Vista College and getting some type of Nursing Degree.
So long as Vista College maintains its National Accreditation, yes. Students would be better off going there, even though it might or might not be a good program.

The fact that the National Accreditation was lost shows the Nursing Administration and DACC administration knew that things were wrong with the program and decided to not do anything about it.
Michael L Hays

Rio Rancho, NM

#6 Aug 17, 2012
The DACC nursing program was on warning from a previous review, so it had time to remedy its deficiencies. So far as I can tell at this point, it did not. It failed not only to adequately staff the program, but also to improve aspects of educational measurement and management.
The DACC knew for years that the program was in jeopardy, could have ensured that those in the program graduated while it was still accredited, and should have advised students entering within two years of the next scheduled review so that they could decide what risks to take or avoid.
That DACC did nothing of the sort means that they wanted students to enroll, pay tuition, and let their numbers attract state funds. In short, DACC manipulated students to serve its purposes, not its students. Officials should be fired so that their resumes are as tarnished as the students's futures.

“Phooey on Politicians”

Since: Jan 11

Politicians are full of BS!!

#7 Aug 17, 2012
Michael L Hays wrote:
The DACC nursing program was on warning from a previous review, so it had time to remedy its deficiencies. So far as I can tell at this point, it did not. It failed not only to adequately staff the program, but also to improve aspects of educational measurement and management.
The DACC knew for years that the program was in jeopardy, could have ensured that those in the program graduated while it was still accredited, and should have advised students entering within two years of the next scheduled review so that they could decide what risks to take or avoid.
That DACC did nothing of the sort means that they wanted students to enroll, pay tuition, and let their numbers attract state funds. In short, DACC manipulated students to serve its purposes, not its students. Officials should be fired so that their resumes are as tarnished as the students's futures.
I agree 1000%, the DACC Administration and the Nursing Program Administration should all be held accountable and FIRED. They knew good and well their program was on shaky ground and continued to push students into it. The administrators were looking out for themselves at the cost of the students. I hope the Board of Regents does the right thing and dumps them all in the street like they did the students.
Ex- El Paso Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Aug 21, 2012
Michael L Hays wrote:
The DACC nursing program was on warning from a previous review, so it had time to remedy its deficiencies. So far as I can tell at this point, it did not. It failed not only to adequately staff the program, but also to improve aspects of educational measurement and management.
The DACC knew for years that the program was in jeopardy, could have ensured that those in the program graduated while it was still accredited, and should have advised students entering within two years of the next scheduled review so that they could decide what risks to take or avoid.
That DACC did nothing of the sort means that they wanted students to enroll, pay tuition, and let their numbers attract state funds. In short, DACC manipulated students to serve its purposes, not its students. Officials should be fired so that their resumes are as tarnished as the students's futures.
The funny part is the Dr. Huerta claims the reason they could not maintain proper teaching staff is they they could not offer the compensation needed to retain qualified teachers.

Looking back to May post on Topix it seems the DACC nursing program had some really good teachers but they got fed up with the politics of the department and Dr. Huerta's cornies and decided to either retire or leave. No body likes working for a bad boss regardless of the pay. Many that teach chose to do so because of reasons other than pay. Many students were singing the praises for these instructors and were very concerned they were leaving because of the boss.

Now the NMSU president says they will work to increase pay to correct the problems. LOL.

1. Amazing when the loosing football team gets in the hole 3 or 4 million dollars funds can be transferred right away.

2. Good luck finding instructors. The nursing community people talk to each other and everyone knows the score at DACC.

3. Day late and a dollar short. DACC, Huerta and Coulter all knew that accreditation was at risk but waited until it was lost to even attempt to do anything about it. I guess the issue with which conference the Aggies would be in was far more improtant.

LEADERSHIP AT NMSU FAILED. No other excuse here. The reason the folks get paid well is to make sure these things do not happen.

Guess leaders in univeristies are a lot like Wall Street Brokers and Bankers. The bigger the failure and screw up the bigger the reward to them.

When education cost are exceeding inflation by two to three fold and we see crap like this happen we know who the universities are really here to serve and it is not the students. NMSU graduation rate of 65% reflects what the real goals are. Revenue over producing graduates.

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