The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was fully re-accredited in 2016 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 improvement.
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 professional 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 education.
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 including:
- Preparation and self-examination
- Written self-study report of accomplishments
- Site visit by a 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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