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Methods of Assessment

All degree programs offered at Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) employ a combination of direct and indirect assessment methods in order to gauge student learning and monitor the need for programmatic improvements.  While direct measures provide a distinct assessment of student learning through the monitoring of student work, indirect measures allow for consideration of perceptions related to student learning and programmatic effectiveness.  Therefore, this two-tiered method of assessment provides a holistic understanding of student outcomes and allows for improvements to programs and curricula which are evidence-based and backed by best practices.


Direct Methods of Assessment

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)
Benchmark exams (written and practical)
Business plan evaluation
Capstone projects
Case studies
Clinical simulations
Competency examinations
Course-embedded assignments and exams
Dissertation/thesis and defense
Exit exams

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)
Journal articles
Mock board exams
Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE)
Peer review
Preliminary exams
Professional licensure exams

Indirect Methods of Assessment

Alumni surveys
Course evaluations
Current student satisfaction surveys
Employer surveys

Graduation surveys
Patient satisfaction surveys
Teaching evaluations


Each of these method of assessment are actively used in one or more components of the TAMHSC in order to assess student learning.  Results stemming from these assessments are used to inform the decision making process when modifying and improving programs and curricula.


Last edited by: tarpley 05/08/2017