Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

The American Council on Pharmaceutical Education as the Editor Sees It

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

The American Council on Pharmaceutical Education as the Editor Sees It

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It will be the policy of the Journal to keep its readers in touch with the work of the Council. This can best be done by publishing in each issue excerpts from the minutes of the meetings.

The present status of the Council's activities can be gleaned from the Annual report of Secretary DuMez, published in the October, 1937 number of this Journal and from Excerpts published in this issue. In a word--the final draft of the standards for accreditment of colleges of pharmacy has been prepared and published in booklet form and has been distributed to the deans of all colleges together with a questionnaire to be filled out by the institution seeking accreditment and returned to the Secretary by February 15, 1938. This questionnaire calls for a mass of information which the Council must have in order to facilitate the work of inspection when the visits actually begin. The next step, therefore, is for every institution seeking accreditment to supply the material called for at the earliest possible moment and at a date not later than indicated.

For many years the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy maintained a standing committee which worked arduously to interest some foundation or some standardizing institution to undertake a survey of pharmacy with the ultimate aim of the standardization of colleges. All these attempts failed for reasons that need not be mentioned now. With the passage of time the standards for membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy have become the traditional minimal standards for pharmaceutical education and these standards have been read into the consciousness, not only of all educators and administrators, but into the consciousness of the men who make and administer the law. A few years ago there came out of the mind of Andrew G. DuMez a clearer vision of a better plan for measuring and taking stock of our teaching institutions. The plan consisted essentially of creating a pharmaceutical standardizing body composed of representatives from the three great bodies representing education, law administration and practice of professional pharmacy, namely--the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and the American Pharmaceutical Association. …

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