The role of curriculum committees in pharmacy education

Jean T. Carter, Jo Laine R. Draugalis, Susan P. Bruce, Michael R. Gonyeau

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Objective. To conduct a follow-up survey of curriculum committee chairs in US colleges and schools of pharmacy to describe current committee structures and functions and determine whether changes have occurred over time. Methods. A descriptive cross-sectional study design using a 30-item survey instrument regarding the structure, function, and charges of curriculum committees was sent to 100 curriculum committee chairs. Several new variables were added to the questionnaire to explore the use of systematic reviews, oversight of experiential education, and the impact of accreditation standards on work focus. Results. Eighty-five chairs responded. Curriculum committees are on average 1 person larger, less likely to have a student vote, more likely to have formal charges, and more likely to be involved in implementing an outcomes-based curriculum compared with 1994. Committees have shifted their work focus from review of curricular content to curricular revision. Conclusions. Curriculum committees continue to evolve as they respond to changes in pharmacy education and accreditation standards.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2011


  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum committee
  • Pharmacy education
  • Survey


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