Leadership Profile

Professor to Serve as
Nursing Program Evaluator

Wendy Robb, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the nursing department at Cedar Crest College, has been selected as a program evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The nationally recognized National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs at the clinical doctorate, master’s, baccalaureate, associate’s, diploma, and practical levels. As a program evaluator for the NLNAC, Robb will be responsible for attending training on the evaluation of the NLNAC’s standards and criteria. She will then participate in at least two site visits per year in which she, along with a team of other program evaluators, will meet with students, faculty, administrators, etc. to evaluate program compliance. 

Robb, who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Cedar Crest, said she is honored and eager to begin serving as an NLNAC program evaluator.

“I look at this as an opportunity to serve both the professional community of my fellow nurse educators, and the nursing department of Cedar Crest College, which directly and indirectly impacts nursing students,” said Robb. “The process is strenuous and time consuming, but it ensures quality nursing programs, thereby protecting clients for whom we provide care and ultimately influence the health of the public.”

The NLNAC requires program evaluators to meet a host of criteria, including: being employed full-time as a faculty member or nurse administrator for an NLNAC-accredited nursing education program, holding a master’s degree with a major in nursing for associate, diploma, and practical educators or an earned doctorate for clinical doctorate, master’s, and baccalaureate educators, and having at least five years of experience in nursing education.

In order to be recognized as a program evaluator for the NLNAC, Robb had to first send in an application along with two letters of reference. The application included a personal narrative from Robb that addressed why she wanted to become a Program Evaluator and how the role would fit along with her full time faculty role.

“By learning how other programs are handling similar issues or problems and maintaining compliance with Standards, we will ensure our students get access to the best education and achieve superior outcomes,” said Robb. “I am very excited to be a part of the process as a professional educator and a faculty member at Cedar Crest College.”