Stillman College, the historically black educational institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced that it will close its four-year nursing degree program. The decision came after the Alabama Board of Nursing issued a ruling that it no longer approved of the Stillman program. In its statement, the board cited “several deficiencies, including a lack of sufficient financial support and resources, inadequacies in equipment, learning aids, and instructional personnel.” The board requires an 80 percent passage rate for first time test takers on the national licensing examination. The rate for Stillman students was 66.7 percent.
Stillman had reinstated its nursing program in 2006 after not offering a nursing degree for the previous 60 years.