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Task force to Explore the Creation of an Excellence Recognition Model

Purpose: Explore the processes, systems, and resources needed for ACAPT to establish a peer-based, multi-faceted recognition system similar to the ASPIRE model capable of evaluating applications from academic programs seeking recognition of excellence in a wide range of attributes and to honor those selected. Ideally, the system would also include a process for programs to self-evaluate against established criteria in order to facilitate excellence.

Final Work Product:  Supply a set of recommendations to the ACAPT Board of Directors that address the objectives that follow.  For those objectives requiring a significant outlay of time or budgetary resources, estimates of time and resources should accompany the recommendation.

Objectives: Use focus groups for broad feedback and the experiences of other professions in order to:

  • Recommend the categories of excellence based on the definition of excellence established by ACAPT, the work from the Criteria for Excellence Strategy meeting, the existing literature, and experiences of other professions; 
  • Develop examples of data that could be used to support categories of evidence;
  • Identify the systems and processes needed that would allow programs self-evaluate against the criteria and apply for national recognition;
  • Recommend a timeline for submission, review, and awarding of recognition of excellence;
  • Recommend a process for review of applications, including time and resources needed;
  • Classify the ideal composition of the experts for each type of recognition who would evaluate the applications;
  • Consult with the originators of the ASPIRE and Baldridge Excellence Framework for Education programs along with the Criteria for Excellence board workgroup to gain insights on how they accomplished it and what lessons can be learned from their successes and mistakes;
  • Identify the type of award for honorees that would be deemed most cherished and coveted (e.g., a plaque; name listing; cash award; etc); and
  • Recommend process(es) for responding to applicants not selected for awards.

Committee members:

Chair: Susie Deusinger, retired from Washington University School of Medicine

Secretary: Yvonne Colgrove, University of Kansas Medical Center

Board liaison: Nancy Reese, University of Central Arkansas

  • Jim Gordon, University of Southern California 
  • Lisa Dorsey, Saint Louis University
  • Stacia Brown, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Diane Jette, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Kai Kennedy, University of California, San Francisco
  • Tim Rethorn, Ohio State University
  • Michale Martin, Ohio State University
  • Nan Hyland, Mercy College

Timeline:

  • Consult with the originators of the ASPIRE and Baldridge Excellence Framework for Education programs along with the Criteria for Excellence board workgroup to gain insights on how they accomplished it and what lessons can be learned from their successes and mistakes
  • CSM 2020 – First face-to-face meeting
  • June 2020 – Preliminary report to Board
  • September 2020 – Presents final findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors 

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