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Contributor:Susan M. Meyer, PhD
Administrative/Academic Title:Associate Dean for Education and Professor
Institution:University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Other Contributors:Denise Schiff Howrie, PharmD, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Title:An Assessment Matrix to Guide Data Collection, Interpretation, and Action
Tool/Process Description:
Title: An Assessment Matrix to Support Systematic Curricular and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Authors: Susan Meyer, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, and Denise Howrie, PharmD, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs University Name: University of Pittsburgh School/College Name: School of Pharmacy Objectives: An Assessment Matrix drives the systematic use of data to assess curricular effectiveness, monitor student progressive achievement of learning outcomes, and support continuous quality improvement of the program. Methods: The provost requires each program to submit annually an Assessment Matrix. The tool drives each program to: articulate goals reflective of discipline-specific norms; identify learning outcomes consistent with University goals; identify specific assessment methods; include direct and indirect evidence; determine desired targets for results; and outline a process of faculty and administrative review that ensures results are used for improvement. Results: The School’s Curriculum Assessment Committee completes the Assessment Matrix. There is a close working relationship among the Curriculum Assessment Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and the associate dean for education. The associate dean and chair of the Curriculum Assessment Committee serve as ex officio members of the Curriculum Committee. The Assessment Matrix triggers an annual, in-depth discussion of assessment results, an analysis of those results, and a series of actions to be taken as deemed necessary when stated targets are not met. Implications: In fall 2009, the ACPE evaluation team report stated, “… a strong culture of assessment is in place at the School. Those charged with assessing the curriculum are dedicated to task and truly interested in their assessment responsibilities … Use of the Assessment Matrix, initially designed for use in Middle States accreditation in 2007, has proven to be a valuable tool for identifying strengths and areas in need for improvement.”

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Length of use:4-6 years
Requirements:Not applicable
Adapted From:
The University of Pittsburgh Assessment Matrix is based on the University of Virginia Assessment Matrix Template (
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy PharmD Program Assessment Matrix
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