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July 19, 2013

Navarro College turns down student grade appeal

Corsicana — The Navarro College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to uphold the administration’s decision to deny an appeal by three Associate Degree Nursing students who challenged grades given in their ADN program course.

The students claimed in a board presentation in June that sound educational principals were not employed in the course, that ineffective communication by instructors inhibited their ability to be successful, and that testing procedures did not comply with college policies nor those of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Board of Nursing, and the National League of Nursing.

College trustees asked the program’s instructors to comment on the claims by the students, and met in closed session on July 9 and again Thursday to deliberate, before rendering the decision sustaining the college’s actions.

Reading from a prepared statement, Lloyd Huffman, chairman of the trustees, said the students had been provided “due process” to challenge their grades.

“The action taken by the Associate Degree Nursing faculty during the course of the program was in accordance with the Nursing Program handbook, and was at all times responsible and professional,” the statement said.

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