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ASU Nursing Program Receives State Grant

February 24, 2012

Angelo State University’s nursing program has been awarded an additional $241,234 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for increasing its enrollment of first-year nursing students for the 2010-11 academic year.

The grant is being awarded through the THECB’s Nursing Shortage Reduction Program (NSRP) – Over 70 Program.  For the 2010-11 academic year, ASU enrolled 199 first-year students through its various nursing programs, up from 127 in academic year 2008-09.  The THECB initially awarded ASU $133,000 in September of 2011, and has now added the second award to bring the grant total to $374,234. 

“We are enrolling more students,” said Dr. Susan Wilkinson, head of the Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences Department, “and this grant is to help cover the extra costs generated by that.  We can use it for student materials, stipends for nursing faculty teaching overloads, extra clinical teaching assistants and, on a limited basis, for scholarships.” 

The NSRP – Over 70 Program was a two-year project to encourage Texas nursing programs to increase their first-year student enrollments by at least 12 percent in 2009-10 and 18 percent in 2010-11.  For the 2009-10 academic year, ASU’s target increase was nine students, and in 2010-11 it was 13 students.  Over the two-year period, ASU added 58 new first-year students to far exceed the THECB mandate. 

Funds for ASU’s additional grant came from monies that had to be returned by nursing programs that did not meet their enrollment goals set forth by the THECB. 

Among the nine non-health-related institutions receiving additional awards, ASU tied with the University of Texas at Tyler for the second-largest increase in 2010-11 first-year student nursing enrollment behind only the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Among the four health-related institutions receiving awards, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) increased its first-year nursing enrollment from 232 to 314, and was awarded an additional $224,597 to bring its 2010-11 grant total to $490,597.