Eventually a holistic assessment of excellence in education in a medical, dental or veterinary school may be made. In the first instance, specific aspects will serve as a focus for the assessment. Six areas have been selected for the awards. These are:
Schools can opt to be assessed for excellence in one, two, three or all six of the areas.
The ASPIRE Board established six Panels: Excellence in Assessment, Excellence in Student Engagement, Excellence in Social Accountability, Excellence in Faculty Development, Excellence in Simulation and Excellence in Curriculum Development, comprising of individuals with expertise in the area, practising teachers from developed and less well-resourced countries and student representatives. Together they have developed criteria for excellence in the six areas. The criteria produced represent a de facto set of standards for ‘best practice’ in education and effectively outline what ‘best practice’ in these four areas would look like.
The criteria were refined following a series of pilot studies and a consultation process.
The criteria adopted will be subject to continuing scrutiny and will be part of a dynamic process that responds to the experience gained and the changing demands placed on medical, dental and veterinary education.