TWU Nursing Program To Receive $
TWU Nursing Program To Receive $1.1 Million For
DENTON Texas Woman's University will receive an
additional $1,105,921 in state funding more than twice the
amount any other Texas university will receive for
increasing its undergraduate nursing student enrollment by 20.1
percent from fall 2001 to fall 2002.
TWU will receive the funds 38 percent of the total
awarded statewide through Senate Bill 572 passed during
the 2001 legislative session. Senate Bill 572 offers several
incentives to undergraduate nursing programs for retaining and
enrolling more students. Among its provisions is one making
available additional formula funding to programs that increase
upper-level student credit hours by more than 6 percent from fall
2000 to fall 2002. TWU student credit hours increased by 36
percent from fall 2000 to fall 2002.
Under the same legislation, TWU received $517,328 for the
2001-2002 academic year for increasing student credit hours by 17
percent. The SB 572 goal for that year was a 3 percent increase.
"Just over a half-million dollars in additional funding
was exciting last year," said Dr. Carolyn Gunning, dean of
the College of Nursing. "More than $1 million this year is
Upper-level undergraduate nursing enrollment in fall 2000 was
542 students. Upper-level enrollment in fall 2001 was 582
students. Enrollment for fall 2002 was 699
TWU has 127 additional undergraduate nursing students who are
already registered nurses but do not have a baccalaureate degree.
Their student credit hours are not counted in the dramatic
enrollment growth funding formula.
"TWU has taken a leadership role in addressing Texas'
nursing shortage by adding faculty to accommodate more students
who want to attend TWU and by initiating programs to help retain
students," said TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart. "We're
proud of our College of Nursing and its faculty for stepping up
to the challenge of addressing the nursing shortage."
TWU has added six new teaching positions in the College of
Nursing since 2000 four in 2001 and two in 2002 to
accommodate upper-level students. The additional students were
juniors who had already completed two years of core class
instruction and were ready to begin intensive nursing instruction
and clinicals, said Dr. Gunning.
The College of Nursing's Student Success Program for at-risk
students received the 2002 Texas Higher Education Star Award from
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. At-risk students
in the take courses in time management, study skills, English
usage, test taking, computer usage, medical calculations,
role of nurses in American professional culture, managing
stress and thinking critically. Without the program, historical
data suggests about one-half of participating students most
likely would have dropped out of the nursing program.
Prior to adding four faculty in fall 2001, enrollment in TWU's
nursing program was at capacity and many prospective students
were on a waiting list. Before knowing how much additional
funding the university could qualify for under SB 572, Dr. Stuart
made the decision to hire additional faculty to accommodate many
of the students on the waiting list.
2003 Nursing Program Dramatic Enrollment Growth Funds
- Texas Woman's University $1,105,921
- Angelo State University $103,103
- Lamar University $241,442
- Stephen F. Austin State University $226,600
- TAMU-Corpus Christi $133,014
- Texas A&M International University $81,236
- University of Texas-Arlington $430,880
- University of Texas-El Paso $550,411
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