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AACN News Watch Weekly Edition

Published January 17, 2018


Weekly Digest

In the January 5 issue of Inside Higher Education, columnist Doug Lederman profiled findings from a new federal report on rising enrollments in online programs in an article titled "Who Is Studying Online (and Where)?" According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 29% of undergraduate students at four-year public institutions were enrolled in at least one online course in 2016 as compared with 25.6% of undergraduate students in four-year private colleges. The growth in the number of students taking online courses was greater among public institutions than it was for private institutions, a change in the pattern of recent years.
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AACN Updates

AACN Board of Directors Approves Common APRN Doctoral-Level Competencies >>

Brief Survey on Student Loans to Help AACN Advocate for Students >>

What is Design Thinking in Nursing Education and Practice? Find Out in Next Week's AACN Webinar >>

It's Not Too Late to Register for Next Month's Master's Education Conference >>


The Social Pulse

Stop Counting and Start Courting: The Role of a Chief Diversity Officer

Read Higher Education Today's blog post by Nicole Roach, Webster University's first associate vice president for Diversity and Inclusion and senior director for Community Engagement. She shares her journey andthe importance of practicing true inclusion over counting the numbers.

AACN-TV Spotlight: University of Memphis, Loewenberg College of Nursing

"Our distinguished faculty, dedicated staff, motivated students, and engaged community partners work together to prepare a workforce of expert practitioners, nurse educators, and nurse scientists, as well as nurse leaders." – Dr. Lin Zhan, Dean and Professor. Learn more about the University of Memphis and explore AACN-TV to watch the latest innovations underway at schools of nursing nationwide!

AACN Dean's Annual MeetingIPEC Webinar

Washington Weekly- Budget DealWashington Weekly

Inside this edition of Washington Weekly: Congress races yet again to finalize a Fiscal Year 2018 budget for defense and non-defense discretionary spending before the current continuing resolution expires on January 19; also to be addressed a long-term solution for the Children's Health Insurance Program and Dreamers with DACA status.


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Opportunities & Resources to Consider

  • The University Government Relations Collaborative (UGRC) provides the university's government relations (GR) staff a direct link to AACN's Government Affairs department concerning the association's federal policy work. This collaborative, with close to 100 members, strives to ensure that GR representatives are prepared with the most current advocacy efforts to help promote a clear, consistent, and unified message to federal and state legislators. Quarterly conference calls keep the UGRC up-to-date on AACN's work and provide opportunities for UGRC members to bring state-level issues to the attention of AACN staff. UGRC members also receive all AACN Action Alerts and bimonthly email updates on new resources and upcoming opportunities to remain engaged. For information on joining the UGRC, contact Kate Priddy, AACN's Government Affairs and Digital Advocacy Coordinator, at

  • AACN partners with the National Institute of Health (NIH) on the All of Us Research Program, which is a landmark research effort that aims to engage more than one million volunteers representing the diversity of the United States to improve our ability to prevent and treat diseases based on individual differences.  AACN and NIH want you to tell us what unique research questions you think All of Us could address. Your input will be considered at a Research Priorities Workshop in March 2018. Please submit your ideas to AACN Director Nursing Education Rick Garcia at by February 9, 2018

  • Applications are now open for four of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's leadership development programs: Culture of Health Leaders, Clinical Scholars, Health Policy Research Scholars, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. Participants work and learn from their home communities and would not need to relocate. In addition, the program is designed for people working or pursuing research full-time. 

  • The Association of Women in Medicine has announced an opportunity for nursing faculty to apply for scholarships to represent his/her school at the upcoming 2018 National Sex and Gender Health Education Summit. This interprofessional summit will take place April 8-10 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. There are scholarship opportunities available. A limited number of slots are allocated for nursing.


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