Commendations and Accolades

Recognition of SMU’s Assessment Improvement Process

Samuel Merritt University serves as model for other organizations seeking new pathways to assessment that meet the growing demand by students, faculty, and accreditors for a more flexible and effective approach to assessing student learning.

Accreditation Commendations

The following is an excerpt from the WASC Educational Effectiveness Team re-accreditation letter:


SMU has moved at mach speed to ramp up systems, now those systems must be sustained into the future.”

“The University is to be commended for its accomplishments in developing the Curriculum Mapping Initiative…This CMI interactive tool is the culmination of considerable foundational work across the University to document the intricate alignment of numerous and diverse course-level outcomes and program-level student learning outcomes with the institution-wide Core Learning Competencies.”

“The CMI has permitted the SMU faculty to engage in meaningful conversations and programmatic improvements related to the cohesion, structure and comprehensiveness of the curriculum… It has also promoted faculty agreement and understanding of program learning outcomes within programs, and consideration of inter-disciplinary curricular development across programs.”

Awards from Professional Organizations

SMU QSEN Award 2013

SMU School of Nursing Honored with QSEN Award
“During the [QSEN] team’s visit to the School of Nursing in April, they were extremely pleased with how the School of Nursing has integrated the QSEN standards into the clinical evaluations and course assignments.” Arlene Sargent, Associate Dean of Nursing stated.


Faculty award Best Poster at QSEN Forum

SMU faculty were awarded best poster in the category of Academic/Research at the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum, May 27-29 in Baltimore, Maryland. The poster, entitled  “Aligning QSEN Competencies with Student Learning Outcomes and Student Work? There's an App for That!” 

Article: SMU Faculty Awarded Best Poster Award








Photo: Margaret Rivero Early PhD at the QSEN Forum.

Award-winning poster by 
Nancy Haugen PhD., Associate Professor, Chair, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Margaret Rivero Early PhD. Associate Professor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Valerie Landau, Director of Assessment.  



Valerie Landau
Director of Assessment
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