Strategic Plan — 2010-2013
Inspiring excellence in nursing education
The mission of the SREB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing, an affiliate of the
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), is to promote cooperative regional planning to
strengthen nursing education in colleges and universities preparing nurses from entry level to
doctoral level. The Council is a proactive force inspiring excellence in nursing education in the
16 SREB states1 and the District of Columbia. Building on more than five decades of
collaboration with nursing leaders in the South, the Council’s — and SREB’s — commitment to
provide services that improve the quality of nursing education in the South remains strong.
The Council’s strategic plan focuses on the following five areas:
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Leadership development — a collaborative effort with Ed O’Neil (Center for
the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco) to prepare
aspiring nurse educators and clinicians for leadership roles in academic and
practice settings.

SREB Nurse Educator Consortium — a collaborative effort with the SREB’s
Electronic Campus and nine graduate programs to increase access to teacherpreparation courses for graduate students and clinicians interested in teaching.

Integration of technologies in the nursing curriculum — exploration and
sharing of resources to enhance the use of technologies in teaching and learning
activities.

Workforce diversity — electronic sharing of successful strategies to ensure
racial/ethnic and gender representation in academic and clinical settings.

Membership recruitment and retention — marketing efforts that emphasize
the benefits of collaboration across state and institutional boundaries and
membership in a regional nursing organization affiliated with the Southern
Regional Education Board, the nation’s oldest compact for education,
The mission statement and action plan will guide achievement of specific goals.2
I. Implement activities that increase the pool of faculty and clinicians prepared for
leadership roles in academic and practice settings.
A. Outcome
1) Creation of a pool of faculty and advanced practice nurses prepared for administrative roles
in academic and clinical settings.
1
The SREB states include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,
Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
2
The membership approved the plan during the annual business meeting on October 11, 2009.
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B. Actions
1) Plan the curriculum in collaboration with the Center for the Health Professions, University
of California, San Francisco.
2) Select and confirm sites for program implementation.
3) Identify ongoing resources needed for implementation.
C. Resources
1) Commitment of three institutions to begin the initiative — Georgia State University,
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, University of South Florida
2) Consultants
D. Who is responsible?
1) Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco
2) Leadership Development Committee
3) Board Liaison
4) Staff
II.
Expand the Nurse Educator Consortium — courses and participating institutions.
A. Outcome
1) Creation of a pool of graduates, novice faculty and clinicians prepared to teach.
B. Actions
1) Continue the Nurse Educator Consortium.
2) Expand offerings and marketing efforts.
3) Assess the effectiveness of the Consortium.
C. Resources
1) Nine institutions currently offering teacher preparation courses.
D. Who is responsible?
1) Nurse Educator Consortium members
2) Board Liaison
3) Consultant (Jean A. Kelley, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama at
Birmingham School of Nursing)
4) Staff
III. Increase faculty and student diversity.
A. Outcomes
1) Increased percentages of African-American, Asian, American Indian, Hispanic, and male
faculty and students in collegiate nursing programs.
B. Actions
1) Collect demographic information regarding racial/ethnic and gender.
2) Share success stories — recruitment and retention activities — at annual meetings and on
the SREB Website.
3) Share information regarding HRSA Workforce Diversity Grants awarded to programs in
the SREB states and the District of Columbia.
4) Identify and disseminate non-nursing resource materials that may be useful.
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5) Conduct annual surveys to document trends in faculty and student diversity.
C. Resources
1)
2)
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5)
SREB annual survey data
HRSA reports
Recipients of HRSA Workforce Diversity Grants
Census data
SREB data
D. Who is responsible?
1) Workforce Diversity Committee
2) Board Liaison
3) Staff
IV. Integrate technologies in the nursing curriculum that promote student learning.
A. Outcome
1) Appropriate integration of technologies in the nursing curriculum.
B. Action
1) Share best practice models for education and practice.
2) Review/adapt e-teaching/learning guidelines established by the SREB Electronic
Cooperative and the SREB’s Electronic Campus.
3) Refer nurse educators to the guidelines posted on the SREB Website.
4) Establish best practice models for using technologies in nursing education and practice.
5) Collect data on the use of technology by nursing education programs in the SREB states.
6) Assess the effectiveness of e-teaching/learning activities in nursing education.
C. Resources
1)
2)
3)
4)
SREB assessments and guidelines
SREB Educational Technology Cooperative
SREB’s Electronic Campus
Appointment of an ad hoc committee
D. Who is responsible?
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
Board Liaison
Ad Hoc Committee
Research Committee
Staff
Consultants as necessary
V. Retain existing members and recruit new members.
A. Outcomes
1) Increased representation of the four program levels — associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and
doctoral — offered at colleges and universities in the SREB states and the District of
Columbia.
2) Increased awareness of organizational benefits.
3) Expansion of resources across institutional and state boundaries to help nurse educators
accomplish their educational goals.
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B. Actions
1) Assess the needs of member-institutions at annual meetings.
2) Consider appropriate strategies that the Council can initiate to address the reported
needs/concerns.
3) Contact non-members in each state to encourage membership.
4) Send congratulatory letters to new deans/directors of nursing education programs.
5) Explore ways to support/encourage involvement of new members, e.g., waived registration
fee for first annual meeting, inclusion on committees.
6) Prepare white papers or Red Alerts on trends noted in surveys or other issues in nursing
education.
7) Develop a FACT sheet to market the benefits of membership.
C. Resources
1) Brochures
2) Membership and Institutional Databases
3) SREB Communications Unit
D. Who is responsible?
1)
2)
3)
4)
Membership Committee
Board Members
Selected standing and ad hoc committee members
Staff
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