FEATURED ARTICLES: NURSING EDUCATION RESEARCH ARTICLES: NURSING EDUCATION RESEARCHA Pilot Project to Evaluate theAcademic Performance, Abilities, and Satisfactionof Second-Degree StudentsMoe, Krista; Brockopp, Dorothy Ann; Walmsley, Lee Anne; Davis, Joanne; Butler, Karen; Diebold, Claudia; Maiti, Sima RinkuAuthor Information About the AuthorsAll authors are affiliated with either the College of Nursing or the College of Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington. Krista Moe, MS, is a doctoral student in counseling psychology. Dorothy Ann Brockopp, PhD, RN, is a professor in the College of Nursing. Lee Anne Walmsley, EdS, MSN, is a lecturer. Joanne Davis, MSEd, is student affairs officer. Karen Butler, DNP, RN, and Claudia Diebold, MSN, RN, CNE, are lecturers. Sima Rinku Maiti, deceased, was a graduate nursing student when this article was in preparation. For more information, contact Ms. Moe atKrista.Moe@uky.edu. Nursing Education Perspectives: July-August 2009 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 226-228 Buy Abstract The literature on students matriculated in the growing number of second-degree nursing programs in the United States typically describes them as exceptional on many parameters of interest. The experience at the authors' university in an integrated second-degree baccalaureate nursing program did not support prevailing notions regarding these students.The purpose of this pilot project was to evaluate the performance and satisfaction of second-degree students in comparison to traditional students. The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory, a standardized exit examination, the nursing grade point average (GPA), and focus groups were used in the evaluation. Findings showed little difference between second-degree students and traditional students on the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory and no difference in exit examination scores and nursing GPA. Social and learning differences were apparent as a result of the focus group experience. Copyright 2009 by National League for Nursing, Inc.