Riverside Community College/case Western Partnership

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Searching for creative and innovative partnerships is a typical practice for the dean and department chair of the associate degree program at Riverside Community College, the fourth largest ADN program in California. Since their program was scheduled for re-accreditation in 2005, they used the NLN Education Summit 2003 to look for new and helpful information. A brochure offered by one exhibitor, Case Western Reserve University, introduced them to a doctoral program with features not readily available in California, including the flexibility to accommodate a full-time academic career schedule relevant for community college faculty.

A year elapsed before the first nursing doctorate classes commenced for the Riverside faculty. The formation of a partnership between RCC and the Ohio program involved risk managers, attorneys, the office of the California chancellor, and the California Board of Registered Nursing, as well as key academic administrators at both schools of nursing. It was decided that the first four classes would be offered at Riverside, provided that a minimum of 10 students could be maintained. Dates were determined in accordance with the RCC academic calendar to allow faculty to participate and complete required coursework. …