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Scholarly Productivity and Impact in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences utilizes scholarly productivity and impact metrics to guide our decision making and approach to achieving our strategic objectives for the preparation of competent, highly qualified health professionals, implementation of educational innovations, and facilitation of translational research.

Development of Scholarly Productivity and Impact Metrics

In response to a charge from the Provost to develop a set of key metrics that are easily measured and appropriate for evaluating scholarly productivity and impact, and under the leadership of Dean Patricia Prelock, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Department Chairs gathered faculty input; an Ad Hoc RPT committee shared results of their recent investigation of RPT and Annual Review criteria used to evaluate performance at peer and aspirant institutions; and the CNHS Research Committee provided input based on their experience with, and knowledge of, College expectations for scholarly productivity. Proposed metrics were gathered from each department, the AD Hoc Committee on RPTs, and the Research Committee, and collated and evaluated for redundancies. The resulting set of 18 metrics was voted on by the entire faculty. Five metrics clearly separated themselves from the total considered, and these were selected for use by the College:

  • Peer reviewed publications
  • Peer reviewed presentations
  • All faculty publications
  • External grant applications (research, teaching/training, outreach/service)
  • Graduate pass rates at or above the national average for licensure or certification

Use of Metrics to Achieve Strategic Objectives

The metrics of peer reviewed publications, peer reviewed presentations, all faculty publications, and external grant applications are included in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences annual review process for faculty through our RPT and annual review guidelines. These four metrics support our strategic priority for facilitating translational research, and specifically address the fourth goal of our strategic plan, to "focus and strengthen research and scholarship while developing outstanding graduate programs that support the creation and sharing of knowledge" (President's Action Plan II; Provost's Goals 4 & 6). The fifth metric, graduate pass rates at or above the national average for licensure or certification, is built into our requirements for accreditation through required annual progress reports and self-studies that accompany accreditation reviews every 5 to 10 years, depending on individual program cycles. The fifth metric supports our strategic priority for preparing competent, ethical scientists-practitioners, and addresses the third goal of our strategic plan, to "increase the quality and stature of academic programs and align undergraduate and graduate education with institutional priorities to focus and excel" (President's Action Plan II & III; Provost's Goals 1,2, & 8). The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will use these metrics to ensure programs have the resources they need to achieve their required accreditation outcomes and to guide our thinking about where program investments should be made that are most likely to yield the impact we expect.