Nursing Dean Leads Review for Jordan
Published September 2006
For the last six years, the country of Jordan has been working to improve the quality of higher education programs in accounting, business administration, computer science and law.
The country’s new focus on nursing has a local connection—Andrea Lindell, DNSc, dean of the UC College of Nursing.
Lindell is leading a quality assurance review of Jordan’s 22 associate and six baccalaureate nursing programs.
“I’m very honored to be selected as the U.S. representative to help Jordan measure the quality of its nursing programs and ultimately raise the standards they use to judge themselves,” Lindell says.
”The fact that Jordanian leaders requested the assistance of the United States shows they value what we’ve done to monitor and assess our own nursing programs to ensure quality.”
The review of Jordan’s nursing programs is sponsored by the Hussein Fund for Excellence. A nonprofit organization funded by Jordan’s banking sector, the Hussein Fund was established in 1999, in part to enhance and improve the quality of the country’s higher education programs.
The Hussein Fund is working with the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (CQAIE), based in Washington, D.C., to lead the external review of Jordan’s nursing degree programs.
The CQAIE selected Lindell to head the review for three primary reasons, according to Marjorie Peace Lenn, PhD, the organization’s executive director.
“Dr. Lindell has outstanding experience in United States accreditation and long-standing leadership at a national level in nursing, and has senior-level experience in the administration of one of the most highly esteemed nursing programs in the country,” says Lenn.
According to Hilda Ajeilat, PhD, executive director of the Hussein Fund, demand for national and regional nursing programs at Jordan’s colleges and universities is increasing.
“The nursing profession demands wide knowledge, problem solving and practical skills,” says Ajeilat. “That’s why we want to improve the quality of our programs. We’re also experiencing an increased need for nurses because of a number of new hospitals in the region.”
The review process began earlier this year when Lindell traveled to Jordan to meet with dignitaries, including Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein, director of the country’s nursing council and nursing leaders. During her visit, Lindell shared the process, evaluative standards and outcomes expected of a quality assurance review and how they can effectively prepare for it.
Nursing educators in Jordan are currently undergoing self-reviews and preparing documentation that will be evaluated by a team of 20 U.S. nursing professionals selected by Lindell.
The review team will be in Cincinnati Sept. 15 for a one-day workshop that will help prepare them for their review of Jordan’s nursing programs. They will travel to Jordan in November and December to meet with Jordanian nursing educators. The reviews are expected to be completed by early next year.
The highest quality baccalaureate program will receive $45,000 from the Hussein Fund, and the best associate program will receive $15,000