2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Report

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2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Report


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE AND CEO'S MESSAGE

The classic strategic planning terms of vision, mission, goals, objectives and action plans often leave people somewhat dazed and disinterested. We hope the presentation of the 2011 AACP Annual Report, in a format that follows the new AACP strategic and operational plans, might help accentuate the positive energy your leaders and staff have discovered through our recent planning efforts. We embarked upon the planning initiative in the fall of 2009. Our House of Delegates approved the plan in July 2010 and the operational plans for 2011 and the next several years have unfolded since the plan received approval. This is no "SPOTS" (strategic plan on top shelf--written then forgotten)!

A variety of inputs led to the identification of our six critical issues, which frame the plan and guide development of objectives and action plans. Delegates also voted to invest more resources in new initiatives identified in planning with their approval of the first institutional dues increase in a decade, with implementation in 2011-12. Using this framework, we are able to communicate clearly with our members and other key stakeholders how both ongoing programs and new initiatives fit into this operational schema.

AACP leaders recognize that the past year has been challenging to our members and to higher education in general. The true impact of the great recession beginning in 2008 came to rest on almost every state budget this year. Our planning continuously seeks to identify those areas where schools struggle to meet obligations and expectations, and the areas of assessment and accreditation top that list. We are extraordinarily excited, therefore, to have launched the Assessment and Accreditation Management System (AAMS), jointly with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, in November 2010. As part of the growing portfolio of tools and resources for assessment and accreditation available in the Pharmacy Education Assessment and Accreditation Services (PEAAS), AAMS streamlines the organization and execution of schools' program assessment efforts and take both time and trouble out of preparing self-studies for accreditation.

"Stars Aligning" has been the overarching theme for the Association's work in 2010-11, especially through standing and special committees. Seeking alignment for pharmacists' patient care services in health delivery systems that are evolving into more accountable and patient-centered models of care and financing is at the heart of our advocacy efforts. Affirming that our graduates' knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities are aligned with these emerging opportunities is Curricular Job #1. Determining the alignment between our current graduate programs and national/international trends and issues is key to growing and strengthening this important segment of academic pharmacy.

The most critical alignment for AACP as a membership organization is and will always be how our programs, products and services line up against our diverse member needs. The 2011 AACP Annual Report provides a thorough description of new and existing programs. We invite your study of the report and welcome your feedback on new areas of priority and need to incorporate into our ongoing planning activities.

Best always,

Rodney A. Carter, PharmD

President

Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, RPh

Executive Vice President and CEO

CRITICAL ISSUE 1: HUMAN RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND SERVICE

How does AACP assist members in attracting, motivating, developing and retaining the highest quality and most diverse faculty, students, administrators and professional staff?

Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Maintaining an adequate pool of qualified faculty has always been and will continue to be a priority issue for AACP and its member institutions. To meet the demand of an expanding Academy, AACP staff, with the guidance of its Board of Directors, works to create targeted marketing and public relations programs to generate interest in academic careers across a wide range of stakeholders. …

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