We are committed to excellence and innovation in professional, graduate and post-graduate education; scholarship and research; patient-centered care; public health advocacy; and societal leadership and engagement.
Together, our innovation, discoveries and engagement with our communities improve the health and well-being of society.
In fulfilling our mission, the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences are committed to the following values as an institution and in our actions as individuals:
At the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we're proud of our programs. We are a top tier school (ranked #20 out of 143 pharmacy schools in the country). Our faculty are invited to write the textbook that all students learn from, our students consistently outperform other schools by winning national competitions and surpassing national licensing pass rates and faculty are lauded nationally with education and clinical awards.
See below for nationwide school rankings, licensing pass rates, employment and residency outcomes, and on-time graduation rates.
To achieve its vision and mission, the school is committed to:
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.
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:
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.
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).
Read an abbreviated short version of our accreditation self-study report. To learn more about our school's accreditation status or about the accreditation process, contact ACPE.
Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development. (Palomba and Banta 1999)
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences assessment activities emphasize the collection and reporting of data to support decision making and continuous quality improvement.
Assessment activities support