U.S.Department of Education Staff Report

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Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues

Recommendation Page

  1. Agency: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education ( 1952 / 2012)
    (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
  2. Action Item: Petition for Continued Recognition
  3. Current Scope of Recognition: The accreditation and preaccreditation, within the United States, of professional degree programs in pharmacy leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, including those programs offered via distance education.
  4. Requested Scope of Recognition: Same.
  5. Date of Advisory Committee Meeting: 06/20/2017
  6. Staff Recommendation: Continue the agency's current recognition and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months, and submit a compliance report 30 days after the 12 month period that demonstrates the agency's compliance with the issue identified below.
  7. Issues or Problems: It does not appear that the agency meets the following sections of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition. These issues are summarized below and discussed in detail under the Summary of Findings section.

    -- ACPE does not meet the requirements of this section ACPE needs to revise its policy to stipulate that board members who participate in the evaluation process (as an active evaluator) must be recused during the decision-making process. [§602.15(a)(4)]

Executive Summary


The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits and preaccredits professional degree programs in pharmacy leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Currently, the agency accredits approximately 114 programs, and preaccredits 16 programs, throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Those programs are within institutions that are accredited by regional and national accrediting agencies recognized by the Secretary of Education. Since ACPE is not an institutional accreditor, and does not serve as a gatekeeper of Title IV funds, the agency is not required to meet the Secretary’s separate and independent requirements.

Recognition History

The agency was on the first list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies published in 1952. Since that time, the Secretary has periodically reviewed the agency and granted continued recognition. Originally known as the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, the agency was renamed the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in 2003.

The last full review of ACPE took place at the June 2012 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). After that review, the Department extended the agency’s previous grant of recognition and required a compliance report on the issues cited in the staff analysis. As part of its evaluation of the agency’s current petition for continued recognition, Department staff reviewed the agency’s narrative and supporting documentation. Furthermore, no third-party comments were received in connection with the agency’s petition.

The agency petition for continued recognition by the Secretary Is the subject of this analysis and report.


The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.


The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.