"The nursing workforce diversity initiative has three goals: increase access to nursing education for racial and ethnic minority and first-generation students; support the academic and professional success of racial and ethnic minority and first-generation nursing students in the bachelor’s degree program, and increase exposure and representation of racial minorities among the School of Nursing faculty. Among the objectives in the first year of the grant, the School of Nursing will develop new, "holistic" admission criteria with the assistance of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The goal is to reform the school’s current narrow admissions criteria that are now based on two quantitative academic measures — high school grade point averages and SAT scores — and to be more inclusive and reflective of other work experience. A new UMaine nursing student success coordinator will focus on student recruitment, retention and graduation as part of the holistic approach." Learn more here. Note: Maine Biz allows access for up to four free articles per month.

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