What is Educational & Programmatic Assessment?

Educational Assessment attempts to determine the importance and value of the education that Doctor of Pharmacy students receive.

Educational assessment involves the process of documenting students' knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs in measurable terms to evaluate their learning. Assessment can focus on the individual learner, the learning community (a class, workshop, or other organized group of learners), the institution, or the educational system as a whole.

Educational assessment typically attempts to answer the questions such as:

  • What do we want our students to learn?
  • What are the educational and professional outcomes we want our students to achieve?
  • In what ways can we help our students achieve these outcomes?
  • How can we measure whether students have achieved these outcomes?
  • How do we know whether students have retained what they've learned?

assessment process

Source: The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Transparency Framework

Programmatic Assessment examines all aspects of the School of Pharmacy program to determine the extent to which our outcomes are being met.

Programmatic assessment reviews several factors within the program, such as student achievement, student services, student professionalism, teaching effectiveness, faculty development, and faculty and preceptor satisfaction.

Programmatic assessment typically attempts to answer the questions such as:

  • What outcomes are we meeting? Which ones are we not meeting?
  • How can the program be improved?
  • What are the relevant issues that can impact the program and student learning?

Why Do We Do Assessment?

In education, students are the driving force behind everything we do. Educators deliver information in a variety of ways to help students accomplish the skills they need to continue on their own career paths. Although on the surface, teaching and learning are taking place, we have a responsibility to ensure that the quality of the education we are providing meets our own expectations as well as the expectations of our students. With assessment, we can feel more confident that students are graduating with proficient skills and have truly earned their degrees. This becomes even more important in the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy, when we consider how much students' education and experiences can impact the quality of care students will eventually provide to their patients.

Assessment of Academic Programs at D'Youville College

Assessment of academic programs at D’Youville College occurs in three inter-related stages:

  1. Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes – Assessment of student learning outcomes occurs on an annual basis. Reports are submitted to the Office of the VPAA no later than June 30th of each year, beginning in the 2007-2008 academic year.

  2. Academic Program Review (formerly Systematic Academic Program Review) –Coupled with the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes annual review, the academic program review covers all areas previously required in the SAPRs but in abridged form. This will make review and utilization of results more efficient. The Academic Program Review is submitted to the Office of the VPAA every five years. Please see the attached schedule for dates of submission for undergraduate programs and for graduate and professional programs.

  3. Accreditation Review – A number of programs (business, chiropractic, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant) are governed by accrediting bodies. Accreditation is a process by which an institution or disciplinary unit within an institution periodically evaluates its work and seeks a judgment by the accrediting body that it achieves its own educational objectives, state regulations, and the established standards of the body from which it seeks accreditation. Typically, the accreditation process includes 1) a self-evaluative description (self-study) of the institution or unit, 2) an on-site review by a team of evaluators, and 3) judgment by an accreditation decision-making body, normally called a Standards Board or Review Committee. Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements. The accrediting agency has its own established time line for review, typically a 7-10 year cycle depending upon the accreditation body and the accreditation status of the program.

Although each of these forms of assessment differ from each other, there are important overlaps. The most important of these is that evidence gleaned from any type of assessment can provide valuable input for any future assessments.

Assessment Process

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  • Timeline

    View the programmatic assessments conducted on a regular basis.
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  • Reports

    View assessment reports.
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  • ACPE Standards

    View the accreditation standards and guidelines, as published by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
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  • Outcomes

    View the educational outcomes and career and professional accomplishments that the program prepares graduates to achieve.
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  • Assessment Plans

    View the standards that are applicable to the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy Assessment Plan.
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