Journal Title:  Journal of Pharmacy Teaching | Vol:  7 | Issue:  3-4 | Year:  2000   
Print ISSN:  1044-0054 | Online ISSN:     

Institutionalizing Assessment-As-Learning Within an Ability-Based Program

Dean and Professor and Director Michael S. Maddux Pharm.D.

pages: 141 - 160


Institutionalizing assessment-as-learning (AAL) within an ability-based program provides a framework not only to assess curricular efficacy but to enhance learning as well. In ability-based education, AAL serves as the driving force for determination of educational outcomes, curricular content and structure, teaching processes, and assessment strategies. Properly institutionalized, AAL provides a method by which students become increasingly proficient in performing clearly defined abilities. An institution-wide AAL plan can also provide the basis for design of an assessment program capable of evaluating institutional effectiveness, as mandated by accreditation agencies. Care must be taken that the assessment program be constructed to focus on student performance of ability outcomes across the curriculum. A comprehensive approach to establishing such a program should involve collaboration among faculty, an assessment council/committee, and the curriculum committee.