Excellence is an aspiration rather than a destination and is characterized by continual improvement. An excellent academic program demonstrates a culture of excellence by continually and intentionally striving to transform learners, advance knowledge, and improve societal health.
Excellence in transforming learners, advancing knowledge, and improving societal health is achieved when the academic culture supports the ongoing development and integration of three domains: Inquiry, inclusion, and innovation. Excellence is also a multi-faceted construct that respects and supports differences among academic programs while inspiring ongoing self-assessment and growth.
Background: In 2018, the ACAPT Board decided to build upon the exceptional work created by the Benchmarks Task Force to a broader, more global perspective view reflecting the multi-faceted measures of excellence.
ACAPT invited over 30 individuals representing the diversity of the physical therapy academic and clinical settings from around the U.S. for a facilitated 2-day meeting in May of 2019.
The charge to the participants: Develop a prioritized list that includes an array of measures for excellence in academic physical therapy.
The attendees were assigned to one of four groups:
The following were articles shared and/or discussed with the participants to help prepare them to meet the objectives:
Criteria of Excellence Summary
ACAPT wants to investigate feasibility of creating systems for measuring excellence using agreed-upon standards that reflect the diversity of programs and allow multiple avenues for recognition of excellence. View as iterative process, modified based
on input (innovation, inclusion, inquiry). Emphasis as promoting self-evaluation and program growth, not used as punitive or competitive. System could be:
Future Actions: Investigate the infrastructure and financial implications of creating a system or joining existing systems in other health professions.
Three task forces have been created and you can read details about each task force here.
1. Task force to explore the creation of an excellence recognition model
This task force will 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. Participants include:
2. Task force to explore data and technology to evaluate program outcomes
This task force's purpose is to explore what data is currently available versus that which needs to be acquired, along with the technology, systems, and costs needed for ACAPT to assess program outcomes relative to the criteria for excellence. Participants
3. Task Force to Establish a Blueprint for Excellence: Essentials for a DPT Program
Purpose: The purpose of the Task Force is to explore the creation of a new document to replace the current model for physical therapy education, to serve as a resource for current and developing programs to create excellence in physical therapist education. Participants include:
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