Planning and Assessment
The results of recent focus group indicate that the ACP Supplemental Application for Admission required by ACP is too long, difficult to complete and addresses the same information covered in the PharmCAS application materials.
The ACP Admissions Committee is in the process of revising the Supplemental Application to be implemented in June. Also, the SAO is working to implement an electronic supplemental application for June .
The results of recent focus groups indicate that applicants wish that the ACP admissions process was more centered around electronic communications.
The SAO is working toward implementing an electronic supplemental application, establish entry and exit financial aid counseling online, adding a webpage covering immunization requirements and creating an electronic roommate questionnaire.
The results of recent focus groups indicate that student's feel that orientation is too long, the immunization process is not efficient and the financial aid presentation is unnecessary.
The SAO is planning orientation for Fall to be a two day process, if possible. The Admissions Office is working to restructure the handling of immunizations to decrease wait in review and updating of immunizations and increase communications with the students. The immunization policy will now be distributed on interview days to applicants and be available on the admissions webpage. Applicants and new students are encouraged to complete their immunizations process as early as possible. While the SAO received comments in focus groups regarding financial aid counseling being unnecessary - ACP is unable to eliminate financial aid counseling from its programming. Financial aid counseling is required by both ACP's accrediting bodies and must be done at entry and exit. However, ACP is working toward providing financial aid counseling online.
The SAO and admissions committee are reviewing the results of the focus groups regarding the admissions interviews and will address those as soon as possible. Issue and resolution statements are forthcoming.
Faculty Advisor/Student Mentor Programs
The results of recent assessment surveys and focus groups indicate that the quality and quantity of faculty advisor-student and student mentor-student interactions need to be increased to establish an effective program.
This issue is being addressed by the development of a faculty advisor form to be signed by the faculty member and students and by providing incentives to faculty for participating with their advisees. Further, discussion is being had to create scheduled meetings with advisees. Regarding the Student Mentor Programs, plans are being prepared to better train student mentors, create scheduled interactions and use the information provided from survey forms as required information to be addressed by advisors.
SAO Programs, Services & Activities Awareness
The results of recent focus groups indicated that students are not fully advised of the services, activities and programs offered by the Student Affairs Office.
The SAO developed the Student Affairs Office Resource and Contact Guide and expanded the College website. The expansion includes the SAO mission, services offered, the ability to request a tutor, transcript or grade report online, the tutoring session schedule, a suggestion box section and other events and programs offered by the SAO. The SAO link on the College ’s website will eventually serve as a portal for students to retrieve important information about services and programs to promote their learning and enhance their development as professionals.