Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Cecilia Hegamin-Younger

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Karmyn Downs

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Lawrence Santiago


As the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education continue to promote the implementation and creation of literature on academic partnerships, a Christian university, sought to evaluate its academic partnership with a for-profit hospital for the first time in regard to student perspectives. The purpose of this mixed-methods program evaluation was to describe the student perceptions of the academic partnership in trusting, collaborating, and engaging nursing students and recruiting and retaining nursing graduates to rural hospitals and health care facilities. Measurable impacts included both qualitative and quantitative coding of the levels of trust, collaboration, and engagement of the university students and through coding student reflection papers. These descriptive and performance measures provided evidence to inform the university/hospital partnership of strategies to recruit and retain nurses early in their careers.

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