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  1. Smith, Mary Ellen MSN, CNS
  2. Krafft, Sandra K. EdD, RN
  3. McHugh, Marylou K. EdD, RN


Redirection of the academic nursing mission can have significant effects on students, faculty, and administrators. The authors discuss the impact of program closure within a school of nursing. A recent decision to phase out a longstanding associate degree program included nonrenewal of contracts for the program faculty. Specific efforts and strategies to facilitate the closure process and assist the faculty in transition are delineated.