By Jackie Torok / 12/10/2019 NC A&T Academic Affairs, College of Health & Human Sciences

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2019) – Reflecting a “rebound in confidence” by students and faculty, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s School of Nursing has achieved a 97 percent National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) pass rate for 2019.

Of the 34 North Carolina A&T State University School of Nursing students who took the exam between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 33 passed on their first attempt, which resulted in the school’s 97.06 percent pass rate, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The national rate for U.S.-educated students on their first attempt in the same period stands at 89.11 percent. The NCLEX has been the exam used for licensing nurses in the United States since 1982.

All 34 of N.C. A&T’s students ultimately passed the exam, said Dr. Terry Ward, director and associate professor of the School of Nursing and associate dean for the College of Health and Human Sciences.

The latest pass rate data demonstrates a comeback for N.C. A&T’s School of Nursing.

“This year’s 97 percent NCLEX-RN pass rate demonstrates a rebound in confidence we were called to achieve,” Ward said. “It is evidence that our program improvements have really worked.”

North Carolina Administrative Code requires that a nursing program “shall maintain a three-year average at or above 95 percent of the national pass rate for licensure level pass rate on first writing of the licensure examination for calendar years ending Dec. 31” under rules readopted Jan. 1, 2019.

N.C. A&T Nursing’s three-year average for 2015-17 was 86 percent. The average rose to 90 percent for 2016-18 and will be 91 percent for 2017-19.

N.C. A&T’s School of Nursing will have its traditional pinning ceremony to welcome fall graduates into the nursing profession at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The event will feature Dr. Wallena Gould, founder and CEO of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program and the first certified registered nurse anesthetist of color to be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

The school, which celebrated its 65th anniversary this year, was first accredited by the National League of Nursing in 1971 and has maintained continuous accreditation ever since.

It offers B.S. and M.S. programs accredited by ACEN through 2022. Students can pursue their B.S.N. through three entry options: traditional, accelerated second degree and registered nurse completion.

In September, Nursing School Hub ranked N.C. A&T’s School of Nursing No. 5 on its list of the 25 best for 2020 among historically black colleges and universities. It used data drawn from sources like the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, College Scorecard, Niche, and U.S. News & World Report, which recognized N.C. A&T as the nation’s No. 1 public HBCU.

Union Square Campus receives STAR Award

Union Square Campus receives STAR Award

GREENSBORO, NC – May 19, 2017- The Construction Professionals Network (CPN) of North Carolina has announced winners for “outstanding construction projects completed throughout North Carolina that were selected from a number of entries.”

Three awards are given annually – one for projects with construction costs under $10 million, one for construction costs between $10 million and $25 million, and another award for projects with construction costs greater than $25 million.

The 2017 Star Award project Between $10 Million and $25 Million was awarded to Union Square Campus in Greensboro, NC.

CPN members participating in this winning project include:

  • Brooks Pierce; Arty Bolick, Bob Saunders, Jeff Oleynik
  • Chandler Concrete; Dan Goley
  • ECS Southeast, LLP; Sun Breza; Brian Maas
  • Gateway University Research Park; John Merrill

Jane K. Fernandes Joins Union Square Campus Board of Directors

Jane K. Fernandes Joins Union Square Campus Board of Directors

Union Square Campus welcomes Guilford College president Jane K. Fernandes to its Board of Directors.  Mrs. Fernandes is the ninth president of Guilford College and the first deaf woman to lead an American college or university.   She began her work at Guilford on July 1, 2014, having served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville since 2008.  At Guilford, she holds the faculty rank of Professor of  English.

Recognized as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents by The Best Schools and the recipient of the General Foundation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina’s Women of Achievement award, Jane is leading Guilford College through curricular and administrative innovation to become further distinguished as a “college of excellence known for doing a few things spendidly.”

Community Ribbon Cutting:  A Great Day for Greensboro!

Community Ribbon Cutting: A Great Day for Greensboro!

More than 400 community members attended the Union Square Campus ribbon cutting on August 5, 2016.  After the brief program, guests gathered on thee sidewalk and Union Square Campus leaders, neighborhood leaders, and nursing student led the countdown.  The ceremony was followed by a reception and tours.

Union Square Campus Board Supports Bond

Union Square Campus Board Supports Bond

On Tuesday January 19th, the Union Square Campus Inc. (USCI) Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution in support of the 2015 Connect NC Bond Referendum. The $2 billion bond referendum includes $1.3 billion for higher education capital construction, repair, and renovation.

If the referendum passes in March, $90 million dollars would fund North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s construction of a new engineering facility, $105 million dollars would fund The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s construction of a facility for both undergraduate nursing and other sciences, and $9.5 million would support new construction, repairs, and renovations at Guilford Technical Community College.
It has been 15 years since the last general obligation bond was authorized to upgrade our state’s infrastructure. The USCI Board asserts that these facilities will educate graduates with the skills to meet Guilford County’s job growth where there are not qualified candidates today

Members of the Union Square Campus Board of Directors are: Harold Martin, Chancellor, NCA&T; Frank Gilliam, Chancellor, UNCG; Randy Parker, President, GTCC; Tim Rice, retired President and CEO, Cone Heath; Therence Pickett, VP/General Counsel, Volvo Trucks / Mack Trucks; Jim Bryant, Bryant and Associates; Carole Bruce, Partner, Smith Moore Leatherwood; Ed Kitchen, COO, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation; Pat Danahy, retired President and CEO, Greensboro Partnership; and Rosalind Fuse-Hall, President, Bennett College.