Learning Objective 1: 1. Develop a protocol for the use of Focus Groups as one method of data collection in program evaluation reseach.
Learning Objective 2: 2. Describe the research outcomes of a program evaluation study of an accelerated BSN program on four campuses.
Methods: Data for the study included entrance exam scores, entering GPA's and grades, a comprehensive Graduate and Alumni Surveys, Employer Surveys, as well as extensive focus groups with current students, alumni, faculty, and employers.
Results: This paper will provide participants with information about how to develop a protocol for use of Focus Groups in program evaluation.
Conclusion: It will also summarize findings of this extensive study of a large accelerated BSN program.