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Continuation Status for Pharmacy Approved

Posted on | July 30, 2010 | Comments Off

Hilo’s College of Pharmacy is on track to receive full accreditation next year after a positive evaluation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. At its annual June meeting in Illinois, ACPE’s board voted to continue the status of candidate for accreditation to the college’s doctor of pharmacy program.

“We have diligently concentrated on meeting every one of the 30 standards set aside by ACPE so we certainly anticipated a positive outcome,” says College of Pharmacy Dean John M. Pezzuto. “But it never pays to be overconfident, and we didn’t want to overlook the obvious. There is more work to be done before we are accredited next year, and we are just as dedicated as ever to fulfill our promise to our inaugural class.”

The reviewers commended Pezzuto for “assembling a strong leadership team and faculty. The degree of attention that has been given to developing all elements of the mission, including research and scholarship, is particularly notable for a new college at this stage of development,” according to the report.

“Our College of Pharmacy has been successful since its inception in 2007, and has met all the milestones for ACPE accreditation,” says Philip Castille, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “In itself this is a highly significant achievement because ACPE Philip Castille’s standards are exceptionally stringent. But what also is truly remarkable is that Dean Pezzuto has hired a world-class pharmacy faculty and recruited a terrific cohort of PharmD students as the accrediting team noted with great approval.”

Read the news release.

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