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College of Pharmacy is put on probation

College of Pharmacy is put on probation

The Albany College of Pharmacy is on probation because its accreditation agency said the school has

The Albany College of Pharmacy is on probation because its accreditation agency said the school has not fully implemented a new curriculum.

Gil Chorbajian, executive director of marketing and communications for the college, confirmed Thursday that the school has been placed on probation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He said the council wants the school to move from a lecture-oriented format to a more active and interactive learning approach.

“We’ve been in the process of phasing in those changes to the program. They’d like us to move a little more quickly in that regard,” he said.

Chorbajian said college officials are in the process of preparing a response to the council’s report, which they received last week.

“We have two years to address the issues from our accreditation agency but we expect to resolve it much, much sooner, probably by June,” he said.

He said representatives from the council will visit the council this spring. Then, it will review the school’s progress to date at its June meeting.

“We feel pretty good that everything will be resolved,” he said.

The school’s roughly 1,400 students will not be affected, Chorbajian said. They will still be able to graduate. He said students were invited to attend a meeting about the situation.

Pharmacy colleges receive accreditations in six-year increments; the current accreditation runs through 2011. The college has graduated more than 6,800 students since 1881, according to its Web site.

Albany College of Pharmacy is starting a Vermont campus. Chorbajian said this probation status would not affect this effort. Sharon Hudson of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education was out of the office Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

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