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.
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