Teach Out Plan - InterCoast Career Instutute (ICCI) Practical Nursing Program South Portland, Maine
Statement of Program Teach Out
InterCoast Career Institute (ICCI) had worked diligently to obtain ACEN Candidacy Status, and achieved such status on January 27, 2015. Per its agreement with the Maine State Board of Nursing, ICCI must achieve full accreditation within 18 months following the ACEN Candidacy approval date. ICCI has made progress toward this end; however, given the challenges the institution faces to complete the process by its deadline date, ICCI made a business decision to not to seek ACEN accreditation. Consequently, on September 16, 2015 InterCoast Career Institute notified the Maine State Board of Nursing (MBON) of the business decision to cease the operations of its practical nursing program in Maine. ICCI submitted a letter to the Executive Director of the MBON, explaining its intent to enter in to a teach-out of its current practical nursing students in S. Portland, Maine.
Per the agreement with the MBON, ICCI is submitting this Teach-Out Plan to the Executive Director of the Maine State Board of Nursing for approval. Upon approval of this plan, ICCI will submit said approved teach-out plan to the regulatory agencies, as applicable, including but not limited to the Maine Department of Education and the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
Student and Public Disclosures
Staff and faculty were notified of the Nursing Program teach out plan on September 17, 2015 in an in-person meeting conducted by the President/CEO. Faculty then met individually with the Interim Director of Nursing, Doreen Hunt, concerning their teaching assignments. Students were notified of the teach-out plan on September 17-18, 2015 via letter that was distributed in person to all active students. Information about the teach-out plan was discussed with the students, including their projected graduation date and academic plan for completion of their program before the determined closure date. Students were advised their program completion must occur on or before March 31, 2016.
All withdrawn students and graduates of the program will receive a letter by US Mail, on or before October 30, 2015, notifying them of the program teach out and the procedures for requesting official transcripts. Per institutional policy, consistent with that of other postsecondary schools and colleges, students must have their tuition paid in full in order to obtain official transcripts.
Doreen Hunt, MSN, BSN, RN has been designated as the teach-out nursing administrator. Ms. Hunt’s extensive teaching experience and tenure with ICCI will assure the smooth and effective delivery of education to the active students. Nursing faculty has been assigned to classes and clinical teaching, according to the education needs of the students. In the case of a resignation of staff or faculty, new appointments will be made as needed to service the student. ICCI has maintained a substitute list of available faculty for this purpose. Additionally, ICCI will ensure that all classrooms and laboratories are fully supplied and no changes in operational activities occur that will negatively impact the students’ educational experiences. ICCI will maintain compliance with all governmental and accrediting laws, rules, and regulations throughout the program teach-out process.
There are currently 57 practical nursing students who are affected by the teach-out plan. Each student has been scheduled for the classes and clinical assignments needed to complete their program of study. The active student list is attached. An additional 7 students who failed their final term were notified, prior to the teach-out, that they were eligible to return to complete their program of studies. Those students are anticipated to restart on December 27, 2015, and have an anticipated completion date of March 31, 2016. No new students will be accepted into the practical nursing program.
Complaint Resolution Process
The following complaint resolution process will be in effect during the teach-out period, which will facilitate a prompt response to student concerns:
First Step -Students who encounter difficulties, problems, or have complaints should, either orally or in writing, request an individual conference with the instructor or staff member to discuss the matter within 48 hours of the incident.
Second Step -If the issue is not resolved, the student may make an appointment to speak with the Director of Nursing within 48 hours of meeting with the instructor or staff member.
Third Step -If the second step has not resolved the grievance within 3 days of the meeting with the Director of Nursing, the aggrieved party may present to the Campus President, in writing, all facts of the grievance. Within 4 days, upon receipt of the written information, the Campus President will schedule a Grievance Committee hearing. The time of the meeting will be communicated in writing to all parties. The Committee will consist of the Campus President, the Vice-President of Student Affairs & Financial Aid, Company President/CEO, two nursing faculty and one staff member not involved with the incident in question.
All parties involved will be given the opportunity to discuss the grievance. The Grievance Committee will excuse all parties involved in the grievance and immediately review and conclude the case. The decision of the Committee will be communicated to those involved in the incident within 48 hours. The decision of the grievance committee is final.
Students who are still unable to resolve their complaint with the school may file a formal complaint with the State or the Accrediting Agency as outlined in the student catalog.
Job Placement Services
Career Services will continue to remain active to assist students in employment after graduation, even after the teach-out date.
Fiscal Resources Needed to Support the Teach-Out
ICCI is confident that sufficient resources exist to support the educational delivery for its students throughout the teach-out.
Disposition of Student Records
All student records for the practical nursing program will continue to be secured and stored at the South Portland campus, in accordance with ICCI records retention policy, and consistent with the applicable regulations. Students who request official copies of their academic transcripts may do so by submitting the required form, along with a $10 fee for each transcript. Per institutional policy, consistent with that of other postsecondary schools and colleges, tuition must be paid in full in order to obtain official transcripts.
ICCI will ensure fulfillment of their obligations to students, employees, and regulatory agencies throughout the teaching out of its S. Portland Practical Nursing program. ICCI will ensure appropriate faculty is available to instruct the students throughout the duration of the teach-out. Any member of the public, students, faculty or staff that have any concerns relating to the teach-out are asked to contact Kelly Michaud at (207) 450-6521 or at the campus at (207) 822-9802. Any questions are concerns that need further clarification may be referred to Geeta Brown, President/CEO at (818) 334-6425.