April 25, 2003
A national organization responsible for accrediting college and university nursing programs around the country has invited the director of the nursing division at the University of Maine at Fort Kent to serve as a team evaluator.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has notified Rachel Albert that she has been nominated and selected to serve as a prospective on-site evaluator of other nursing programs at schools throughout the United States.
Albert and other faculty, staff and students in the UMFK division of nursing are very familiar with the CCNE, as the organization sent a team to the Fort Kent campus last October for a site visit as part of the accreditation review that the campus is currently undergoing.
Established in 1996, CCNE is the nationally recognized accrediting agency devoted exclusively to the evaluation of baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing. More than 500 educators and practicing nurses from across the country currently serve as on-site evaluators for the commission's peer review accreditation process.
The next step for Albert will be to participate in CCNE's invitational evaluator program, which will be held on July 11 and 12 in Alexandria, Virginia.
The one-and-a-half-day training program is designed to provide important information about the commission and the roles and responsibilities of on-site evaluators during the accreditation review process.
Upon completion of the program, Albert will be eligible to serve on a CCNE evaluation team and may be asked to participate in the review of a nursing program at a college or university campus as early as the spring of 2004.
An on-site evaluation to review a nursing program typically lasts three days and requires advance preparation and follow through.
Albert has been a professor of nursing at UMFK since September of 1990. She was named director and chair of the division in 1999, and received promotion to associate professor that same year.
A 1985 alumna of the UMFK bachelor of science in nursing program, she received her PhD in 2001 from Case Western Reserve University - Frances Payne School of Nursing and received her masters of science in nursing from the University of Texas in 1990.
Albert belongs to numerous professional associations including the Maine Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Leadership Maine program.
Locally, she sits on the board of directors of Visiting Nurses of Aroostook and the Aroostook Mental Health Center.