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Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

  • 1.  Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 28 days ago
    Have any spring 2021 dates been published for AACP Virtual Fairs?
    Thank you,
    Jeanie

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    Jeanie Smith
    Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
    Harding University
    Searcy AR
    501-279-5532
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  • 2.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 28 days ago

    Hi Jeanie,

     

    No decisions have been made to date relative to the 2021 Virtual Pharmacy School Fairs, however, more information will be shared as it becomes available. Members are welcome to share their thoughts on the value of these online events and other virtual recruitment strategies with us in the meantime.

     

    Thanks,

    Rosie

     

    | Rosie Walker

    | Director of Recruitment and Diversity

    | American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    | 1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22202

    | p: 703.479.3833 ▪ f: 703.836.8982

    | Discover ▪ Learn ▪ Care: Improve Health

    | www.aacp.org

     






  • 3.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 27 days ago

    Hi Rosie,

     

    Based on your statement that you are open to comments relative to the virtual events I would like to offer one. I think that having frequent events is probably a good thing for the applicants so I would be in favor of continuing this.

     

    What I would like some evaluation on is the length. At my institution, we typically man for the entire duration and average very few drop-ins. If there are frequent events, I wonder if the duration could be shortened. Perhaps the block of time would need to rotate to accommodate different time zones. It is true that I can multitask while waiting for drop-ins but I am tethered to my computer during that time so it does limit what I get done in the day. Just something to consider. Maybe others are getting a lot more foot traffic.

     

    Mary

     






  • 4.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 27 days ago

    I think this is an excellent suggestion!

     

    Jonathan Parker, M.A., Ed.S.

    Director of Pharmacy Admission

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy

     

    205-726-4242 | office

    205-726-4141 | fax

    jmparker@samford.edu

    www.samford.edu/pharmacy

    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35229

     

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  • 5.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 27 days ago

    I agree with Mary's suggestion. 

     

    Denyse Anderson

    Office of Professional & Student Affairs

    SIUE School of Pharmacy

    200 University Park Drive, Suite 220

    Edwardsville, IL  62025

    Phone # 618-650-5156

    Fax # 618-650-5152

    www.siue.edu/pharmacy/admission

    SIUE Staff Senator

     

     






  • 6.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 25 days ago

    Thanks Mary,

     

    Our recruiter at USC agrees. This is Allison's response:

    I think a lot of us may feel this way and some changes need to be made to the platforms used, like handshake, aren't designed for graduate fairs. They're designed more for hiring employees. So this should be considered as we move forward with this "temporary normal" that we're in.

     

    The drop ins have been very few. I thought doing these virtually would expand our reach, but so far, no. I think students get more excited by our live presence and coming to an event than by online engagement just to get information about graduate programs. They don't get to attend a live "event" and meet us or pick up swag or fliers. The 1:1 meetings have been good, though. For students who sign up, we've had extended conversations that were very productive.

     

    Thank you and Fight on!






  • 7.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 25 days ago

    I too agree with comments made by Mary.  In addition, after yesterday's event, additional promotional emphasis needs to be placed by AACP that this is a pharmacy career fair.  Yesterday there were many students from 2 high schools in particular which were definitely more interested in our university for admission and not pharmacy.

     

    Charles Woosley, Pharm.D.

     

    Director of Recruitment

    Harrison School of Pharmacy

    Auburn University

    334 844 8378

     






  • 8.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 25 days ago
    Hi everyone,

    I agree with Mary's suggestion about having rotating times and also possibly shortening the length of the fair. While it is "easy" enough for us at MCW to manage the chatroom throughout the day, it does require that meetings and other events not be scheduled for that day. We've noticed that we typically have the most participants between 11am - 3pm central. Can AACP look at surveying students to see what times work best for them and then adjust the hours accordingly?

    I also think that we should look at changing the platform. CareerEco, while convenient and easy to use, is somewhat limited. I like the idea of using a platform like Zoom, where students can also use their camera and microphone to ask questions. From there, AACP can create school specific breakout rooms for each participating school.

    Another possible idea with using Zoom is to have AACP come up with a webform and each participating school fills out the form with their information, including a Zoom link, hours, and other pertinent information that the student will need access to. On the day of the event, students will be able to see a display of all of the school's virtual visit links (or they can sign up for specific schools), and enter the individual rooms.

    I've uploaded a small sample of what the webform could look like.



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    Steven Broadway, MS
    Coordinator for Student Services
    School of Pharmacy
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI
    414-955-2646
    sbroadway@mcw.edu
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  • 9.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 24 days ago

    I wholeheartedly agree with Steven.  It's time to move on from CareerEco.

     

     

    Bill Nichols  |  Director of Admissions

    Graduate Health Science Programs


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    BELMONT UNIVERSITY

    1900 Belmont Boulevard | Nashville, TN 37212
    Phone: 615-460-6107

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  • 10.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 24 days ago

    AACP is currently exploring alternative virtual vendors that may provide a more engaging experience for prospective students.  Please feel free to share with me your recommendation for vendors, as well as other innovative virtual recruitment initiatives AACP could host besides the virtual fair. Your feedback and suggestions on this matter have been very helpful.

     

    Thanks,

    Rosie

     

    | Rosie Walker

    | Director of Recruitment and Diversity

    | American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    | 1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22202

    | p: 703.479.3833 ▪ f: 703.836.8982

    | Discover ▪ Learn ▪ Care: Improve Health

    | www.aacp.org

     






  • 11.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 24 days ago

    I actually prefer CareerEco to Handshake. The list of attendees report from CareerEco is much better ROI than anything we could get from Handshake, Zoom, or any other similar platform. Those will not feed the inquiry pool and the level of engagement is low. Until another platform innovates to meet this need I do not see many other alternatives.

     

    Best,

     

    Andrew Merenda

    Recruiting and Outreach Manager

    UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

    Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy

    209.946.3957 | amerenda@pacific.edu

     






  • 12.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 24 days ago
    Andrew I do agree with you. While I do not like the low attendance and time commitment of CareerEco, the ability to have the list is a huge plus and this should be a consideration when examining any other platform. 

    Aimee Viggiani

    Director of Transfer, Graduate and Professional Admission

    215-596-7505

    Join us this summer for a virtual Graduate Information Session! 







  • 13.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 24 days ago

    I would agree with Aimee and Andrew here.  The list of attendees report is a huge benefit to the CareerEco fairs so I hope that is considered when exploring other options.

     

    Best,

     

    Aaron

     

    The Ohio State University

    Aaron Clark, M.Ed
    Coordinator of Recruitment & Admissions

    College of Pharmacy | Office of Student Affairs

    150 Parks Hall

    500 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
    614-292-1662|
    clark.3073@osu.edu

    www.pharmacy.osu.edu

     






  • 14.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 24 days ago

    I also agree and feel that CareerEco is better designed to meet the needs of higher education.  Though Handshake is offering higher education fairs, the platform still caters to its employment/internship segment.

     

    I'm not sure the platform is the issue with these fairs.  It seems that prospective students are simply not very interested in the graduate fair format overall.  Whether in-person or online, attendance at fairs continues to dwindle.

     

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    Lori J. Berg

    Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Health Professions

    College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    Western New England University

    1215 Wilbraham Road

    Springfield, MA 01119

    Tel: (413) 796-2073

     

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  • 15.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 24 days ago
    I agree, the student information is extremely valuable to all of us. I think the way we could still capture attendees contact and other valuable information would be for them to RSVP. From there, a similar spreadsheet could be dispersed to those of us who use that information.

    Zoom also has a registration feature (Setting up registration for a meeting) which allows for creation of a registration form for attendees to fill out. I'm sure there are other options out there that would be available for AACP to use.

    Overall, I think students may be a bit burned out due to COVID19 and being in a virtual space.


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    Steven Broadway, MS
    Coordinator for Student Services
    School of Pharmacy
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI
    414-955-2646
    sbroadway@mcw.edu
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  • 16.  RE: Spring Virtual AACP Fair Dates

    Posted 27 days ago

    Hi Mary,

     

    Thank you for this suggestion.  We will certainly take this into consideration. 

     

    Thanks,

    Rosie

     

    | Rosie Walker

    | Director of Recruitment and Diversity

    | American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    | 1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22202

    | p: 703.479.3833 ▪ f: 703.836.8982

    | Discover ▪ Learn ▪ Care: Improve Health

    | www.aacp.org