The Office of Assessment provides the College with comprehensive curricular assessment and outcomes management by utilizing high quality data to support continuous quality improvement efforts to optimize student success. The Office of Assessment mission is to foster a culture of planning, assessment, and continuous quality improvement throughout the College. Our primary goal is enhancement and innovation in the achievement of both programmatic goals and student achievement within the professional pharmacy program.
The director of the Office of Assessment works closely with individual faculty, course coordinators, and the Executive Committee to promote continuous assessment of these programmatic goals and student achievement. The director also collaborates with the Outcomes Assessment Committee and Curriculum Affairs Committee to conduct and facilitate course and instructional development and assessment.
Activities coordinated by the Office of Assessment include:
- Coordinate the College’s assessment activities and programmatic accreditation initiatives. Responsible for identifying and implementing instruments to assess student achievement and curricular effectiveness; developing a feedback mechanism to improve these measures; and establishing a timetable for their achievement.
- Develop and implement a systematic outcomes assessment plan; oversee and coordinate programmatic assessments, including research and clinical practice/services.
- Identify and refine instruments and methods to assess program effectiveness. Develop and maintain an electronic data warehouse of assessment information and reports, including AAMS.
- Work with the faculty and administration in mapping and auditing the curriculum.
- Provide methodological expertise in the construction of data collection instruments and processes (OSCEs, rubrics, Benchmark exams, exam questions) important in measuring, evaluating and assessing curricular and programmatic outcomes in an academic environment.
Assessment is the means by which the College determines if the curriculum learning outcomes are being achieved. Although a variety of performance measures are evaluated over the course of the curriculum, it is the Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs), Benchmark exams and preceptor evaluations of students in experiential settings that are the hallmark assessments of curricular effectiveness. The OSCEs are mock patient scenarios in which students are required to draw on all their knowledge and skills to address realistic clinical cases. Benchmark exams are comprehensive annual assessments that emphasize long-term retention of all the basic pharmacy skills and knowledge introduced to that point in the curriculum. Preceptor evaluation of student knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors in the experiential setting is the ultimate assessment of curricular effectiveness and achievement of the College goal to produce competent, professional pharmacists. Used as both formative and summative assessments these activities serve as reliable measures of curricular effectiveness.