Grambling State University must demonstrate to its state licensing body by April why it should be allowed to continue to operate an undergraduate nursing program.

The April 9 deadline was imposed by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing after what the agency deemed to be unacceptably low passage rates for Grambling's graduates on the state's licensing exam for nurses.

Louisiana currently has imposed a "conditional" status on Grambling with regard to its undergraduate program, which precludes the university from enrolling new students in the nursing program.  The state's "show cause order" gives Grambling until April 9 to show why the program should retain its licensure.

According to a report by the Associate Press, Grambling currently has 201 students in its undergraduate nursing program. 

The AP report noted that "GSU Provost Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Janet Guyden said losing the undergraduate nursing program would be devastating, tarnishing the reputation of the institution and decreasing student enrollment."

"That program has had a strong reputation for years. I cannot even put into words what that loss would mean. We've worked diligently to ensure that doesn't happen," Guyden told the AP.

If you are a student or other person with concerns about the nursing program's difficulties and its impact that you wish to share with an attorney at College Watchdogs, you may share your concern here or call 1-877-540-8333.



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