A project management approach to an ACPE accreditation self-study

Am J Pharm Educ. 2007 Apr 15;71(2):23. doi: 10.5688/aj710223.


In preparation for an on-site evaluation and accreditation by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the Albany College of Pharmacy employed project management techniques to complete a comprehensive self-study. A project lifecycle approach, including planning, production, and turnover phases, was used by the project's Self-Study Steering Committee. This approach, with minimal disruption to college operations, resulted in the completion of the self-study process on schedule. Throughout the project, the Steering Committee maintained a log of functions that either were executed successfully or in hindsight, could have been improved. To assess the effectiveness of the project management approach to the the self-study process, feedback was obtained from the College community through a poststudy survey. This feedback, coupled with the Steering Committee's data on possible improvements, form the basis for the lessons learned during this self-study process.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / methods
  • Accreditation / standards*
  • Education, Pharmacy / methods
  • Education, Pharmacy / standards*
  • Humans