Award for Excellence in Assessment

AACP Resource

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy invites applications for the AACP Award for Excellence in Pharm.D. Program Assessment. This award acknowledges an assessment initiative or project that uses systematic collection, review and use of information to improve the Pharm.D. program. This award is designed to recognize a program for a novel or innovative approach to improving curricula and student learning and/or programmatic continuing quality improvement in addressing either ACPE Standard 24: Educational Outcomes or ACPE Standard 25: Structure and Process.. This award recognizes both outstanding discrete initiative or project and global programmatic assessments for developing and applying evidence of outcomes as part of the ongoing evaluation and improvement of pharmacy professional education. Each winning applicant college/school is provided a stipend of up to $1,200 to cover the costs of registration, travel, and accommodations to attend the AACP Annual Meeting.

New in 2024

  • The Award for Excellence in Assessment will be a two step process beginning with a letter of intent.  After review, applicants may be invited to proceed to a full submission.  Please review the eligibility and instructions page for additional information.  
  • The evaluation criteria have been updated to reflect the changes outlined in the instructions.
  • Letter of intent submission Deadline:  November 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.  No longer accepting Letters of Intent for 2024.
  • Full Submission (by invitation) Deadline February 22, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

Closed to Submissions

Application Information

For more information, please review the eligibility and instructions and the evaluation criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Assa-Eley.

2024 Award Recipients

University of California, San Francisco
Yukiko Watanabe, Laura Armstrong ,Katherine Gruenberg and Jaekyu Shin
Using low-tech visualizations to increase the value of curricular mapping for faculty learning

University of Washington
Curtis Jefferson, Rachel Allen, Matthew Elamparo and Terri O'Sullivan 
Closing the Loop: Incorporating preceptor feedback from advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) data to measure program outcomes and make rapid cycle program improvements 

Past Award Recipients

2023 Honorable Mention

South Dakota State University
Shanna K. OConnor, Brad Laible, and Kristy Ullom, 
Intentional and data-driven decision making: Four-year implementation of a novel tool and process to support strategic planning

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Beth K. Janetski, Beth A. Martin, Denise Walbrandt Pigarelli, Casey Gallimore, Emily Tarter, and Olufunmilola Abraham
Course Snapshot: A Simple Tool for Managing Annual Curricular Reviews 

2022 Recipient

University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Kathryn Fuller, Adam Persky, and Nicole Pinelli Reitter
Accuracy and Usability of Redesigned Entrustable Professional Activity Assessments in Pharmacy Practice Experiences

2021 Honorable Mention

Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Myrah Stockdale, Riley Bowers, Dustin Wilson, and C. Scott Asbill 
Full Curricular Review:  A Systematic Faculty-Led Model for Curricular Innovation and Design

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy 
Shanna O’Connor, Jennifer Adams, Kevin Cleveland, Tracy Pettinger, and Michael Biddle
Sustainable Annual Course Review Evaluation and Development (SACRED) Process for Curriculum Review

2020 Recipient

Harding University College of Pharmacy
Henry North, Jim Nesbit, Melissa Max, Shawn Turner, Lana Gettman, Kwame G. Yeboah, MaRanda Herring, Anissa Harris, Sarah Griffin, and Landry K. Kamdem
Course Coordinator Assessment Workflow: An Integrated Assessment Tool to Monitor and Improve Student Learning

Honorable Mention

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
Nalin Payakachat, David Caldwell, Cindy Stowe, and Ashley Castleberry
Adapting to the Changing Pharmacy Environment: An Evolving Student Assessment Process

University of Southern California
Maryann Wu, Dabrick A.Brill, Mrunmayee P. Shirodkar, Jianxuan Tan, Mukesh Poptani, Ying Wang, and Ian S. Haworth
AARDVARC: An Automated Approach to Reviewing and Developing Valuable Assessment Resources for your Curriculum

2019 Honorable Mention

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences
Lisa Charneski, Suzanne Carbonaro, Laura A. Mandos, Tyan Thomas, Sarah Kleinfeld, Islam M. Ghazi, Karen J. Tietze, Jane F. Bowen
A Multimodal Real-Time Assessment Process and Its Impact on Student Achievement and Progression in the First Year of a Doctor of Pharmacy Program


Mercer University College of Pharmacy
Maria Miller Thurston, Jill Augustine, and Lea Bonner
Multimodal assessment of a co-curricular professional engagement program

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Eric H. Gilliam, Jason M. Brunner, Wesley Nuffer, Toral C Patel, and Megan E. Thompson
Unique Assessments for Unique Experiences: Content Validation of Three Assessment Tools for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Rotations

Honorable Mention

The University of Iowa
Mary Elizabeth Ray, Lisa DuBrava, Mary Starry
Leveraging a Required E-Portfolio Course to Meet Multiple Needs: Student Assessment, Curricular Improvement, and Accreditation

Oregon State University
Tanya L Ostrogorsky, and Gary E. DeLander
Gatekeeper or Facilitator: Empowering Students to Optimize Experiential Learning through Structured Summative and Formative Assessments


UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Adam M. Persky, Jessica M. Greene, Tom Angelo, Heidi Anksorus, Kathryn Fuller, and Jacqueline E. McLaughlin
Developing an Innovative, Comprehensive First-1 Year Capstone to Assess and Improve Student Learning and Curriculum Effectiveness

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Therese I Poirier, Miranda Wilhelm, Katie Ronald, Jingyang Fan
A Programmatic Model for Student and Faculty Assessment of Interprofessional Education Simulation Training

University of Pittsburgh
Neal Benedict, Pamela Smithburger, Amy Calabese Donihi, Philip Empey, Lawrence Kobulinsky, Amy Seybert, Thomas Waters, Scott Drab, John Lutzz, Deborah Farkas, Susan Meyer
Blended Simulation Progress Testing for Assessment of Practice Readiness Past Award Recipients


Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy
David G. Fuentes, Jeremy A. Hughes, Anita J. Cleven, Jackson Ross, Fawzy Elbarbry, Ian C. Doyle, Mark A. Della Paolera, Brendan Stamper, Kelli Cadelinia
PIE-RECAP: A Structured Reflective Journal Writing Model and Rubric to Guide Development of Self-Awareness and Actionable Plans for Positive Change

Northeastern University School of Pharmacy
Jennifer Kirwin, Margarita DiVall, Danielle Miller
Evaluation of a Systematic Curriculum Review Process and Impact on the Pharmacy Curriculum

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Kate Aument, Rosalyn P. Vellurattil
Programmatic Evaluation and Quality Improvement: Designing and Implementing a Systematic
Process for Assessing and Improving Faculty Peer Observations


Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Nicia Lemoine, Tamara Ferry, Michael Brown
Embedded Assessment: A Three Step Model for Continuous Improvement

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
Ashley Castleberry, Kathryn K. Neill (UAMS), Cindy D. Stowe (Sullivan University College of Pharmacy)
CHARMing Feedback in Authentic Assessment

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy
Beth A. Martin, Sarah E. Kuba, Michael E. Pitterle
Outcome Tracker: A System of Embedded Assessments


California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (Abstract)
Leanne Coyne, Karen McClendon, Parto Khansari, Tiffanie Ho, David Pearson

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy (Abstract)
Michael J. Fulford, Lindsey Welch

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Abstract)
Lisa Lebovitz, Richard Dalby


The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Stuart J. Beatty, Katherine A. Kelley

The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
Norma J. Owens, Celia P. MacDonnell, Marilyn M. Barbour, Eunsun Noh

St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Jane M. Souza, Jennifer L. Mathews, Richard F. O'Brocta


University of Minnesota
Kristin K. Janke

The University of Oklahoma
Melissa S. Medina

University of Pittsburgh
Susan M. Meyer


Northeastern University
Margarita V. Divall


Drake University College of Pharmacy
Charles R. Phillips

Pacific University Oregon College of Pharmacy
Pauline A. Cawley


Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Greg L. Alston, Bryan L. Love

Touro University California College of Pharmacy
Mitchell J. Barnett, Karl Meszaros, Karna McDonald, Heidi Wehring, David J. Evans, Debra S. Sasaki-Hill, Paul C. Goldsmith, Katherine K. Knapp

Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
Sharon McDonough, Kristen L. Helms, Paul W. Jungnickel, E. Kelly Hester, Jan Kavookjian