U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
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.
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.