330 - Developing a Systematic Plan of Evaluation or Continuous Plan of Improvement that integrates the NCLEX® Program Reports

This is the third course offered as part of the Program Evaluation Series. The Program Evaluation Series is intended to provide educators and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to participate in and lead program evaluation activities at their organization.

Registration fee: $150.00

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Delivered by Sharon Beasley, PhD, Director of Nursing Education at the University of the District of Columbia and Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN, Dean, School of Nursing, at Tarleton State University. More info about the faculty members teaching this course is available in the faculty section of the "Find out More" page.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. This web-based course is intended for educators and administrators with at least 3 years of experience participating in program evaluation.


The purpose of this course is to prepare educators and administrators to develop or update their program's systematic plan of evaluation or continuous plan of improvement and to incorporate the NCLEX® Program Reports into that plan.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental aspects of a SPE/CPI.
  • Describe the program evaluation process.
  • Define success and program outcomes.
  • Integrate assessments into program evaluation methodology.
  • Describe the data analysis strategies and develop evaluation findings.
  • Document their Systematic Plan of Evaluation (plan).
  • Document evaluation findings in an annual report.


Course 330 is delivered as a 3-hour synchronous, web-based experience which includes a mix of lecture, individual and small group activities, and a 30-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 30-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the course concludes.


All participants are strongly encouraged to have a copy of their nursing Program's Systematic Plan of Evaluation.

Continuing Education

3.5 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the course and the end-of-course assessment.



The topics covered during Course 330 are:

  1. SPE/CPI 101
    1. Definition of Terms
    2. What is an evaluation plan?
    3. Who develops/updates an evaluation plan?
    4. When should a program revise/update its evaluation plan?
    5. What are the attributes of an evaluation plan?
    6. How does a program develop/update an evaluation plan?
    7. Defining success for an evaluation plan?
  2. The Program Evaluation Process
    1. Process
    2. Best Practices
  3. Defining Program Success
    1. Aspects of Success
    2. Types of Outcomes (Expected Levels of Achievement)
    3. Aspects of Outcomes
    4. Success Criteria
  4. Forms of Evidence: Integrating Assessments into Program Evaluation
    1. Creating a culture of assessment
    2. Selecting useful assessments
      1. Assessment types
      2. Assessment alignment
      3. Assessment quality
  5. Analyzing & interpreting assessment results
  6. Analyzing the evidence
    1. Evaluation is about comparison
    2. Building a profile of your graduates
    3. Identifying opportunities for improvement
  7. Decision making and taking action
    1. Evidence-based decision making/li>
    2. Improvement plans
    3. Change management
  8. Evaluation Results Reporting/Feedback loop/Annual reporting
    1. Content outline
    2. Format
    3. Review and adoption process
  9. Documenting a SPE
    1. content outline
    2. Format
    3. Review and adoption process