Best Use of ATI and Program Evaluation

Best Use of ATI and Program Evaluation

Struggling to determine what ATI assessments to use for measuring the achievement of student learning outcomes? This session will explore end-of-program student learning outcomes, program outcomes, and best practices for use of ATI assessment measures in program evaluation. Increase your confidence and skills in program evaluation and appropriate use of data as accrediting agencies and state boards of nursing emphasize student outcomes as a primary measure of program quality and effectiveness.


Debbie Lyles, PhD, MN, CNE

With a long and varied career in nursing and nursing education, Debbie Lyles received her BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, an MN from the University of South Carolina, and a PhD in post-secondary and adult education from Capella University. Areas of clinical experience as a staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist include pediatric critical care, pediatric oncology, and home health. Her experience in nursing education includes RN-to-BSN and Associate Degree Nursing, and Licensed Practice Nursing, where she served in faculty positions and various senior administrative positions. Active at the local and state levels, she served on many advisory boards and committees. As a nurse educator, her areas of passion and expertise include student policies, curriculum development and implementation, accreditation, and program evaluation, with presentations at the local, regional, and national level. Active in the accreditation process, she served as a site visitor, site visitor chair, review panel member, and appeal panel member. Research interests include simulation, specifically capstone simulation experience and interdisciplinary simulation. Most recently she has been immersed in Next Generation NCLEX content, with a focus on assisting faculty to understand best practices for integration in teaching and learning. In addition, she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau and received several recognitions of teaching excellence throughout her career. Dr. Lyles has been with ATI since 2017 and is currently serving as Director of Consulting.

Ann Smith, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP, CNE

Dr. Underwood Smith has been a registered nurse for 30 years, with the majority of her clinical experience in perioperative and emergency nursing, along with more than 20 years in postsecondary nursing education. She earned her BSN and MSN-FNP at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and her PhD in Educational Leadership- Community College Leadership at Old Dominion University. Her primary research focus has been on student retention and success, including intrusive interventions for high-risk students. She has held positions as dean, director or faculty at all undergraduate levels of nursing education and is the recipient of several awards for innovation and excellence in teaching. She served on multiple local, regional and state-level committees in the areas of curriculum development, accreditation, student retention and engagement, program evaluation, faculty development, active learning, test blueprinting, online education, and student success. As a program director, she was actively involved in the development and implementation of a statewide concept-based curriculum into all Virginia ADN nursing programs. Additionally, Dr. Underwood Smith has extensive experience in both college and programmatic accreditation, serving as a team member and chair on multiple site visit teams, as well as on evaluation review panels.