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Course Evaluation Summary

An Enlightening and Useful Documentation Tool for Assessing Learner Outcomes and Developing Plans for Nursing Course Improvement

Kern, Jacqueline

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000366

The Course Evaluation Summary (CES) is a data collection and analysis tool designed to assess the extent to which course learning outcomes are met by students within a course. Course assignments and assessments are linked to outcomes, allowing for the comparison of target and actual outcomes and the identification of strengths and areas of concern. The CES allows faculty to develop an action plan for course improvement as needed and to document implemented course changes and student concerns. Used every semester, the CES provides a history of continuous course evaluation and course improvement.

About the Author Jacqueline Kern, PhD, RN, is a faculty member, Pima Community College Division of Critical Care, Tucson, Arizona. The Course Evaluation Summary described in this article is available for use by academic settings and may be adapted as needed; there is no need to request permission from the author. For more information, contact Dr. Kern at

The author has declared no conflict of interest.

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Online date: June 28, 2018

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