SON Graduate Curriculum and Assessment Committee

Meeting Schedule

Authority of the Graduate Curriculum and Assessment Committee

  • Develop, implement, maintain, and lead the curricula and assessment for the graduate concentrations/programs.

Functions of the Graduate Curriculum and Assessment Committee

  • Makes recommendations to the faculty for course and curricular changes that are consistent with the philosophy and objectives of the program.
  • Reviews new course and program proposals, revisions, deletions, and banking.
  • Makes curriculum and program recommendations/revisions based on program evaluation data and trends in nursing education.
  • Reports trends and recommendations related to the curriculum to the graduate nursing faculty.
  • Regularly reviews and revises program outcomes and curriculum to maintain congruence with best practices and developments in nursing education and nursing practice.
  • Supports a culture of data-driven decisions to inform the strategic plan to develop and implement new programs in response to anticipated demands and trends in nursing education and practice.
  • Contributes to the advancement of student engagement and ensures a culture of diversity, inclusivity, equity, and civility as defined by AACU.
  • Establishes sub-committees and task forces as necessary.
  • Reviews national nursing accreditation standards routinely to ensure and document compliance and congruence across the curriculum.
  • Ensures that discipline specific competencies (i.e. AACN, ANA, NONPF, and NLN) are fully integrated across the entire graduate curriculum.
  • Defines the content of the curriculum, determines the sequencing of courses, and reviews/evaluates existing courses.
  • Reviews the graduate outcomes routinely and records annually.
  • Reviews and approves the program/concentration assessment plans as scheduled.
  • Reviews the university assessment plan annually.
  • Review and approve graduate student handbooks.

Officers - 2021-2022

  • Chair -  Jessica Durbin
  • Vice Chair (Chair-elect) - Donna Purviance
  • Secretary - Deetta Vance
  • Members 
    • Erik Southard
    • Deb Vincent
    • Nancy Hudlun
  • Student(s)


  • The Graduate Curriculum and Assessment Committee shall consist of a minimum of five faculty appointed or elected by the Faculty Assembly who teach in the graduate nursing concentrations/programs.
    • There shall be at least one faculty member from each graduate concentration/program.
  • There should be at least one graduate student on the committee.
    • There should be an attempt to have at least one student from each concentration/program. Students serve as non-voting members.
  • Faculty teaching in undergraduate tracks are also permitted to serve as members on this committee if desired.
  • The majority of GCAC membership shall consist of graduate faculty.
  • All nursing faculty are encouraged to attend the meetings and have a speaking seat on the committee.
  • Non-voting Ex-Officio members:
    • Executive Director - Lea Hall
    • Associate Director of Academics - Marcee Everly
    • Associate Director of Students - Jill Moore
    • All nursing faculty not on the committee
    • Emeritus/Emeriti retirees
    • All staff
    • Student(s)
  • Meetings (except executive sessions) are open to members of the faculty, administration, staff, and students.