University, to nursing students: Low standardized test score means no diploma

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 27May2017

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review examines the dispute between one university and a group of its nursing students.

The students — part of a nursing class of 156 students at the Uptown school — did not receive diplomas … because their scores did not meet a school-imposed minimum on a national preparatory test. The Health Education Systems Incorporated exam or HESI, is used by other schools in a similar way to prepare students for state licensing exams.

The university’s decision to withhold the bachelor’s degree diplomas set off an outcry among parents and their children. Many of them gathered over graduation weekend to craft a plan to fight back.

“It’s absolutely a devastating situation,” said Paul Furiga, a Pittsburgh public relations expert who serves as a spokesman for the families. He said the students are fearful of retribution if they speak out publicly.

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