The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been fully re-accredited for eight years by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of
external quality review used by higher education to inspect colleges,
universities and higher education programs for quality assurance and
Aside from the promise of overall quality educational
opportunities, an institution’s accreditation status provides students with the
ability to qualify for federal funding and financial aid and to transfer
credits to other programs that are also accredited. Accreditation can be
required for professional licensure and is extremely appealing to employers.
Like all schools of pharmacy in the U.S., the University of
Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by
the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), a national agency for
the accreditation of profession degree programs in pharmacy and providers of
continuing pharmacy education. ACPE was established in 1932 for the
accreditation of pre-service education, and in 1975 its scope of activity was
broadened to include accreditation of providers of continuing pharmacy
Once accredited, a school or college undergoes
periodic renewal reviews. Our school recently underwent a renewal review,
spearheaded by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor
David Thompson, PhD, and received a full eight year accreditation by ACPE – the
maximum level that a school can attain.
The process of accreditation is quite involved
requiring the school to complete several steps in the accreditation process
- Preparation and
- Written self-study report
- Site visit by team
comprised of peer reviewers, and a representative from the accrediting body
- Judgment by the accrediting body
- Continuous review
By accepting accreditation status, a school
agrees to uphold the quality standards set by the accreditation organization,
and agrees to periodically submit to accreditation renewal review.
More about ACPE
ACPE is an autonomous and independent agency whose board of directors is derived through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (three appointments each), and the American Council on Education (one appointment).
An abbreviated short version of our accreditation self-study report can be found here. To learn more about our school's accreditation status or about the accreditation process, contact ACPE.
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