The ACPE site visit for the PharmD program is quickly approaching. A site team will visit the college and meet with all stakeholders including students, faculty, administrators, and preceptors between April 5th and April 7th. The schedule of meetings for these days will be finalized in the next week. These meetings will provide ACPE with information regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the program along with how shortcomings are being addressed. A mock site visit took place in January, which served as a useful way to prepare for the upcoming visit, allowing all stakeholders to become familiar with the process. All participants of the self-study process had the opportunity to ask questions of the mock site-team member and become acquainted with how the actual visit will unfold. The written self-study report is in the final stages of editing and has been submitted to the University administration for review. The Steering Committee will soon review the document prior to its final submission to ACPE in March, ahead of the visit.
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It has been a very busy summer for the Steering Committee and the chairs of the self-study. There have been several meetings since the Spring semester, and a great deal of progress has been made with the self-study report. The chairs of individual committees completed their narratives and presented them to the Steering Committee so additional edits could be made. A major challenge was cutting down the narratives to fit within the 10,000 character limit. A checklist was recently compiled that highlights outstanding items that must be collected. The remaining documentation has been organized and anything outstanding has been accounted for. All information is continuously being updated in the online AAMS system. The chairs of the Steering Committee are currently making the final edits of the self-study report. There is a Faculty Council meeting scheduled for October where the full report will be presented and faculty will have the opportunity to offer suggestions. A forum will also take place in September where students are encouraged to participate. The goal is to include all stakeholders in this process. A mock site visit is scheduled for December so potential issues can be identified and corrected prior to the official site visit in April.
The Spring semester has come to a close but the self-study process will continue throughout the summer. There will be several Steering Committee meetings scheduled for June, July and August. The members of individual committees have completed the second draft of their self-study narratives. A great deal of the necessary documentation has also been compiled. Each committee chair has presented their report to the Steering Committee and this information is currently being uploaded to the online database, AAMS. The next step will involve the Steering Committee putting together the full self-study report for faculty approval. The faculty will review and revise this draft prior to the final submission to ACPE. There are nine months left until the ACPE site visit but a great deal of progress has already been made.
The self-study process for the College of Pharmacy is in full-swing! The Steering Committee will be meeting throughout the Spring semester. Individual committees are continuing to compile their documentation and write their individual narratives to be used in the creation of the self-study report. A representative from each committee has been assigned a specific meeting where they will present their report. The Committee on Internal and External Facilities, the Committee on Assessment and Outcomes, the Committee on Faculty Affairs, and the Committee on Library and Learning Resources have recently presented.
A luncheon was held in December with a group of invited students to share their input in the self-study process. There was a large turnout with approximately 35 PharmD students in attendance. The students provided a great deal of useful feedback that will be distributed to the Steering Committee. This information will be used in the self-study process as including all stakeholders is a priority.
The self-study open forums that were scheduled for the fall semester concluded this week. These forums were well-attended by students, faculty, preceptors and administrators. The goal was that all stakeholders would have the opportunity to take part in the self-study process by actively participating in the open forums. The steering committee is creating a survey that will be sent to all faculty now that the forums have concluded. This survey will focus on the gap analyses (areas in standards that are not being met) that were presented by each committee chairperson. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for today, October 6th. Items on the agenda are the survey, gap analyses, and college bylaws. It is the steering committee’s hope that these self-study forums have increased transparency of the process as a whole. The surveys will allow faculty to provide increased and necessary feedback as the process unfolds.
The Office of Assessment recently attended the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. There were many interesting sessions related to assessment and its place in pharmacy education. One of the sessions focused on the role of dashboards in organizing data and making it visually appealing. Tableau Desktop was one of the dashboard interfaces discussed at the meeting. This software seems to be an effective means of understanding data and identifying trends especially with large data sets. The raw data from surveys or research projects must be input into Excel before analysis can take place. The Tableau Desktop dashboard displays several views of the data at once. Data can be filtered to highlight specific information depending on the task at hand. Fields can be combined into groups and subsets of data can be separated for a variety of purposes. Statistical analyses like trend analyses, regressions, and correlations can be computed. Dashboards are a good way to help stakeholders become involved in data analysis while presenting the data in a clear format. The Office of Assessment is beginning to discuss the pros and cons of purchasing or creating a dashboard for the Assessment Office. More research needs to be done in order to determine what software would be most appropriate for our needs.
The College of Pharmacy has begun the self-study process, which will take place over the next year and a half. This process leads to the pharmacy program once again receiving accreditation if all requirements outlined by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education are met. A steering committee has been created, which is comprised of the chairpersons of all committees within the college. This committee will ensure that the self-study process remains on track for the site visit that is scheduled to take place at the beginning of 2016. Dropbox is being used by all members of the steering committee as a way to share pertinent documents and data. This seems to be the best way to facilitate good communication and transparency. The Office of Assessment is managing the Dropbox account and troubleshooting any issues that need to be addressed. It appears that this system will continue to be successful as we move forward in the self-study process.