SIUE School of Pharmacy Receives Prestigious National Award

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The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is the recipient of one of only four national 2011 Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.

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I believe that this award recognizes our commitment to providing an excellent pharmacy education program and is a product of the great work of all our faculty, staff and preceptors.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is the recipient of one of only four national 2011 Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.

The school is the first school of pharmacy to be recognized with the award.

Established in 2005, the CHEA award recognizes institutions that have been exceptional in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability. “CHEA is pleased to acknowledge the work of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in providing an example of institutional progress and effective approaches to the use of student learning outcomes,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton in announcing the award.

The SIUE School’s application focused on the Senior Capstone Project, required for all fourth-year students. Consisting of a research project or the development of a specific business plan related to an aspect of pharmacy, the senior capstone is a way students demonstrate the knowledge they have gained during their tenure at the University.

Projects are evaluated and tied to core assessment measures of student learning outcomes used throughout the program. Students have been successful with projects and have presented them at state and national meetings, in addition to the school presentation day.

“I believe that this award recognizes our commitment to providing an excellent pharmacy education program and is a product of the great work of all our faculty, staff and preceptors,” said Erin Timpe, director of the School’s Drug Information and Wellness Center and an associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice. Timpe is one of the chief contributors on the award application.

A CHEA committee selected from higher education institutions, accrediting organizations and the public judged the winners on the basis of the following criteria:

  •     Articulation and evidence of outcomes;
  •     Success with regard to outcomes;
  •     Information to the public about outcomes; and
  •     Use of outcomes for educational improvement.

“It is truly an honor for the School of Pharmacy to be the first school/college of pharmacy to ever receive this esteemed CHEA Award,” said Gireesh Gupchup, acting pharmacy dean. “This award truly exemplifies our commitment to the assessment of student success.”

CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. The association is comprised of approximately 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities, and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Other award recipients include Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, James Madison University Social Work Program and Miami Dade College. Representatives from each school will receive the award at the 2011 CHEA Annual Conference this week at the Marriott Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C.

As the only downstate Illinois pharmacy doctorate program, the SIUE School of Pharmacy is addressing the growing need in Southern and Central Illinois, as well as the nation at large, for well-trained pharmacists in a career field that is experiencing rapid and dramatic growth. With the theme of Nurturing for Life, we focus on the premise that pharmacists improve patient care through the medicine and information they provide. The School, founded in 2005, recently was awarded full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The School has been hailed nationally as a model program.

SIUE offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with the low tuition rates of a state university. Our emphasis on undergraduate education, complemented by faculty research, creates practical applications for student learning. Located in the second most populated area of the state, this Illinois university draws students from all 102 Illinois counties, 42 states and 50 nations.

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