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Curriculum Quality Surveys Information 

The AACP Alumni, Graduating Student, and Faculty surveys were initiated and designed by the AACP/ACPE Task Force on Assessment and Accreditation in 2002. These surveys were intended to gather perceptions regarding curriculum quality. With the release of ACPE's Standards 2007, the Institutional Research Advisory Committee (IRAC) revised the three surveys and created a preceptor survey. The surveys can be used by the colleges and schools of pharmacy both as a curriculum assessment tool and to provide data during a self-study and accreditation review. The four surveys are now closed and will reopen in spring 2015. For more information please contact Danielle A. Taylor.

Principles of Good Use for the AACP Curriculum Quality Perception Surveys


Curriculum Quality Surveys: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Curriculum Quality Surveys?
A Graduating Student, Alumni, and Faculty survey were initiated and designed by the AACP/ACPE Task Force on Assessment and Accreditation in 2002. They were intended to gather information on student satisfaction with program issues and perceptions regarding curriculum quality. With the release of ACPE's Standards 2007, the Institutional Research and Assessment Committee (IRAC), AACP staff, ACPE staff and consultant Dr. Dora Marcus revised the three surveys and created a Preceptor survey. After the first administration (2007), the four surveys were analyzed by a sub-group of IRAC using Rasch analysis and provided recommendations for revisions. The same revision process occurred in the fall of 2008 following the second administration of the surveys. The entire committee was presented with the recommendations and used them to add, delete or reword items in each of the surveys. These surveys continue to be periodically reviewed by IRAC.

The intent of the surveys is for colleges and schools of pharmacy to use them as both a curriculum assessment tool and to provide data during a self-study and accreditation review.
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How are the surveys administered?
The four surveys can only be administered through AACP's online centralized survey system. Colleges/schools of pharmacy are not permitted to copy or disseminate the surveys.
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When do the surveys open?
The Graduating Student and Faculty surveys open the first Monday in March and close at the end of June. The Alumni and Preceptor survey open the first Monday in May and close at the end of August.
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Are the colleges/schools notified when they are open?
Yes, AACP sends an e-mail to the survey coordinator at each of the colleges/schools when the surveys are available for use. This e-mail includes the names of staff members that have been assigned to administer the survey in previous years. Survey coordinators are given approximately one week to add or delete staff members with access to the administration of the survey before an e-mail with survey instructions is sent to those assigned staff. At least one reminder e-mail of the survey closing date is also sent.
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Are e-mail addresses required for each participant?
Individual e-mail addresses are required for each person you want to survey. The online survey system creates a unique survey link for each participant, which is used to access the survey. This assures that the participants complete the survey only once. Please include only one e-mail address per individual.
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Do I have to type in each e-mail address for everyone I want to survey?
The college/school survey administrator can manually type in each e-mail address or they can upload a list of survey takers into the survey system. The Excel file should include first name, last name, e-mail address, and campus location (optional) as separate fields.  A sample file is available within the online survey system.  We recommend downloading the sample file to use as a template prior to importing your list into the system.
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What is done with the e-mail addresses that are uploaded into the system?
Individual name and e-mail addresses are stored in the system during the administration of these surveys; however, AACP does not contact the individuals nor do we give, share, sell or transfer any individual-specific information to any party other than the college/school of pharmacy that provided the information. Name and e-mail addresses are deleted from the online survey system once AACP downloads the survey data to prepare summary reports.
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Who administers the surveys?
Each college/school of pharmacy administers the graduating student, alumni, preceptor and/or faculty survey. It is the responsibility of the college/school to administer the survey by determining a timeline, opening the survey, sending the invite and reminder emails and closing the survey. Invite and reminder e-mails are not sent by AACP; they are sent through the online survey system for which a valid college/school e-mail address must be provided. The e-mail that participants receive comes from that college/school contact.
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How do I open the survey after I have imported my e-mail list?
Once your e-mail list has been imported into the survey system you can then use the "invite newly added participants" link in order to open the survey and send e-mails to your participants. In the "from" line please include a university e-mail address that survey participants may e-mail with questions regarding the survey.
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Can I personalize the invite and/or reminder e-mails?
AACP provides standardized text for the invite and reminder e-mails; however, each school has the ability to change the text as needed.
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What should I do if my e-mails to survey participants are not being received?
If only a few e-mails have not been received by your survey participants, please double check the participants' e-mail addresses to make sure the addresses were correctly entered into the system.

If a large number of e-mails are not being received, your college/school's spam filter is most likely blocking the e-mails. Please refer to the following points below:

  1. Notify the individual who administers your institution's spam filtering/blocking software that your survey invitation e-mail will be received from aacp.org and that it will be coming from the following IP address: 184.173.153.194.  Please also inform them of the e-mail address that you used in the "from" line of the message and the date that the messages were sent.
  2. Please use the "remind" link to resend the invitation e-mails to your participants after your I/T department has the necessary information to white list the e-mails.
  3. If your I/T department requires additional information, please contact Danielle A. Taylor.
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How should I respond to survey participants that are unable to access the survey using their survey link?
If the survey link does not take your participants directly to the survey please ask them to carefully copy and paste the entire survey link into their web browser.  If a survey taker receives an error message that the survey they are trying to take is no longer available or that the user is not found in the system they probably have not copied the full survey link into the address bar of their web browser. 

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Why are some participants unable to view the questions properly and/or unable to save their answers?
Your college/school's I/T firewall may limit the number of connections that can connect to the survey system at one time. If you are administering the survey in a group setting please check with your I/T department prior to administering the survey regarding the current firewall configurations.
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Who should be participants for each of the surveys?

  • Graduating Student survey: All students graduating from your Pharm.D. as a first professional degree program should be included.
  • Faculty survey: All full-time and/or part-time faculty at your college/school of pharmacy with teaching responsibility for the Pharm.D. as a first professional degree should be included.
  • Alumni survey: The alumni survey is intended to be administered to alumni no more than five years post graduation.
  • Preceptor survey: All preceptors that have precepted students in the current academic year.
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How long does it take to complete each of the surveys?
It is estimated that the Graduating Student survey takes 30 minutes to complete. The Faculty, Alumni and Preceptor surveys take approximately 15-20 minutes.
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Can I add additional questions to the survey(s)?
An optional feature allows the survey administrator to add a link to the end of the AACP surveys requesting that participants answer additional questions relating specifically to the institution. The link will direct them to an online survey instrument developed by your institution using their own online survey tool (e.g. SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics). Please be aware that AACP is unable to link user responses from the AACP surveys with your college/school's online survey tool. If your institution chooses to ask participants additional questions, AACP requests that you send the additional questions to AACP's associate director of institutional research and effectiveness.  These questions will be reviewed to determine whether the question(s) should be added to the appropriate curriculum quality survey.
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Will I receive any data reports once we finish administering the survey(s)?
When the survey is closed by your institution you will be able to download a summary report and raw data report specific to your college/school. Demographic data for the Faculty survey is only provided in summary and will not be included in the raw data report. Data reports can be downloaded after closing the survey by using the "download raw data report" and "download summary report" links in the survey portal. Summary reports of all participating schools will be posted on the AACP Web site near the end of July for the Graduating Student and Faculty surveys and the end of September for the Alumni and Preceptor surveys. Peer comparisons consisting of five or more schools will be available within the "Reports" area of the survey system for participating institutions during this same timeframe. 

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What is the best way for me to use the information in the summary reports?
A user's guide that makes recommendations regarding suggested timing of surveys, data interpretation, peer comparisons and follow-up strategies is available at the top of this page.
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For additional questions or comments please notify Danielle A. Taylor, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1005.

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