Award for Excellence in Assessment Eligibility and Instructions

New for 2024

The Award for Excellence in Assessment will require the submission of a Letter of Intent which describes the project.  After review, applicants may be invited to proceed to a full submission.

Award Deadlines

Letter of Intent Deadline:  November 3, 2023 11:59pm Pacific

Full Submission Deadline:  February 22, 2024 11:59pm Pacific


Applications are limited to one per program. The college/school of pharmacy must be a current AACP member. Award recipients are ineligible to compete for three years.  Up to three awards are given each year. This award is designed to recognize a program for improving curricula and student learning and/or programmatic continuing quality improvement; Standard 24: Educational Outcomes and Standard 25: Structure and Process. Projects should demonstrate excellence and innovation at your institution in developing new and better assessment methods and that may be transferable to other institutions. 

Application Process

  1. Applicants will submit a letter of intent that is no longer than 2 pages double spaced by the deadline in early November.
    • The Letter of Intent should address the following questions:
      • How does this proposal advance the practice of assessment through an innovative approach in the context of Standards 24 or 25 with the application of data, continuing quality improvement while contributing to the advancement of pharmacy professional education?   
      • How was assessment handled prior to the implementation of this project? What changes were made as part of this project?  What are the outcomes of the project?
      • What makes this project outstanding?
      • What are the outcomes?  List only three specific, measurable quantitative or qualitative outcomes.
      • How do you hope your proposal will help contribute to the field of Assessment in Pharmacy?
      • Include demographic details such as type of program (new/established, State University/Private), class size.
  2. Applicants will receive feedback from the review committee on the submission and will be notified if they are invited to proceed with a full submission.

Full Submission Application Format

The application should include the following:

  1. Contact information for individual submitting the application 
  2. Attestation of endorsement by the Dean or Chief Academic Officer
  3. Include demographic details such as type of program (new/established, State University/Private), class size.
  4. Font must be 12 points or larger 
  5. Margins must be 1” or larger with double spaced narrative;
  6. Submission must be no longer than 15 pages, including tables/figures included as part of the submission.
  7. Tools/rubrics can be included in Appendices and are not included in the page limit.  
  8. The application must be organized in the following sections. Additional subheadings are appropriate for organization.
    • Identification of problem/project;
    • Data collection and plan for use;
    • Interpretation and dissemination of data;
    • Data-driven action/decision making; and,
    • Evaluation, reflection, and next steps

Submissions not meeting the stated criteria for required components and length will not be reviewed. Submissions for commercial products are not considered.

Authors are encouraged to submit a manuscript to AJPE and publish through the peer review process.