Center for Excellence Advisory Committee members
Chair: Kim Topp, PT, PhD, FAAA - University of California, San Francisco (2022-2024)
Board liaison: Peter Altenburger, PT, PhD - Indiana University
- Barbara Gresham, PT, PhD - University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (2022-2025)
- Diane Jette, PT, DSc, FAPTA - MGH Institute of Health Professions (2022-2025)
- Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD - Creighton University (2022-2024)
- Sara North, PT, DPT, PhD, M.Ed., PNAP - University of Minnesota (2022-2025)
- Sam Pak, PT, DPT - University of California, San Francisco (2022-2024)
The ACAPT Center for Excellence Advisory Committee supports and sustains a culture of ongoing assessment and fostering excellence in academic physical therapy by ACAPT member institutions* through data collection, analysis & reporting.
The Center's mission is:
- To develop a centralized system that supports ACAPT’s mission and strategic goals within which data and best practices are collected, analyzed, and shared in a timely manner, for use by academic programs for organizational planning and performance improvement.
In fulfilling its charge, the committee will align with ACAPT strategic objectives that include:
- Institutions will achieve broad understanding of the depth and breadth of academic physical therapy.
- Institutions will serve as champions promoting the value of active participation in a shared culture of assessment.
- Stakeholders will actively engage in creating and implementing assessments based on the excellence framework.
- ACAPT will collect and analyze valuable data to foster the pursuit of excellence.
- Institutions will be supported with their assessment and accreditation-related activities.
In fulfilling its charge, the committee will also address operational issues across key domains that include: survey reviews, prioritization of data collection, and timely reporting.
* “Institutions” means both the academic and clinical settings
The committee shall work with ACAPT staff and consultants to:
- Evaluate requests for quantitative and/or qualitative data to ensure they are:
- Aligned with the ACAPT Criteria for Excellence, Excellence Framework and ACAPT’s strategic plan.
- Approved and scheduled for maximum response and efficiency, while considering other member communications and surveys.
- Annually recommend a comprehensive data collection roadmap with goals and priorities to foster DPT program excellence based on membership survey priorities, Criteria for Excellence & ACAPT strategic plan (by end of second quarter for the following year.) Coordinate timing and communication of the roadmap with ACAPT staff and budget cycle.
- Review all ACAPT draft surveys, data and reporting for relevance, consistency, standardization, and ties to Criteria for Excellence and ACAPT’s strategic plans – including, but not limited to:
- Provide feedback on question phrasing that will elicit best data for institution improvement.
- Identify redundant questions.
- Assist with timely data analysis, visualization and reporting to membership, including trends analysis and recommendations based on the reporting.
- Establish clear data definitions and documentation.
- Raise awareness, advocate, educate and promote data assessment and encourage buy-in, ownership, communication and use of data for decision-making by all stakeholders.
- At least one representative from the committee will be a liaison with APTA to collaborate and share data, including working with CAPTE and other relevant groups.
- Recommend the pricing structure for specialized reports for members and non-members. (Members will receive general reports at no extra cost.) Recommend data reporting access – e.g. public vs. member only.
- Identify any external PT education-related reports that need to be vetted for accuracy.