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TWU’s nursing weekend program receives Texas Higher Education Star Award

11/30/10

Nursing faculty accept Star Award

TWU College of Nursing faculty accept a 2010 Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) during the award ceremony Nov. 9. Shown are, from left: Dr. Raymund Paredes, commissioner of higher education at the THECB; Dr. Susan Chaney, nursing professor and program director of the TWU nursing weekend program; Dr. Stephanie Woods, associate dean of the TWU College of Nursing in Dallas; Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the TWU College of Nursing; and Dr. Susan Sheriff, nursing professor and project coordinator of the TWU nursing weekend program.

DALLAS/DENTON — Texas Woman’s University’s Undergraduate Nursing Weekend Program is one of four programs in the state to receive a prestigious 2010 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

The Star Awards recognize institutions of higher education, public and private schools, school districts, organizations, groups and individuals for exceptional contributions toward one or more of the goals outlined in the Texas higher education plan “Closing the Gaps by 2015.” Adopted by the THECB in 2000, the plan established four goals – to close the gaps in student participation, student success, academic excellence and research.

“Receiving this award is a testament to our nursing faculty and their commitment to creating and implementing innovative programs that meet the needs of working students who want to become nurses,” said Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the TWU College of Nursing.

Offered at the TWU Dallas-Parkland Center, TWU’s nursing weekend program is designed for individuals with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, with an emphasis on the recruitment of racial and ethnic minority students and students from underserved areas. The program also is designed to meet the needs of students facing economic hardships, including job loss. Nursing courses are offered 100 percent online with nursing clinical experiences on the weekends, so students can continue working while earning a baccalaureate nursing degree.

“Graduates of the TWU weekend nursing program will improve health access, decrease health disparities within their selected communities and bolster the nursing workforce in the state of Texas,” said Dr. Stephanie Woods, associate dean of the TWU College of Nursing in Dallas.

Earlier this year TWU received a $744,422 federal grant to nearly double its nursing weekend program. The grant, which is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will help fund 80 new nursing students in the TWU nursing weekend program from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Susan Chaney, nursing professor and program director of the TWU nursing weekend program, and Dr. Susan Sheriff, TWU nursing professor and nursing weekend program project coordinator, received the grant.

Other 2010 Star Award recipients are: “The Learning Frameworks” program at Brazosport College, the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) created by Senate Bill 940 by the 77th Texas Legislature and the “Modeling Excellence in Collaborative Teacher Education program” – a partnership between the University of Houston Downtown and Lone Star College’s Kingwood and CyFair campuses. For more information, visit www.thecb.state.tx.us.


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Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations
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