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Research and Graduate Affairs Committee 

The 2014-15 Research and Graduate Affairs Committee will examine and establish a competency-based, best-practice education model that provides guidance to colleges and schools of pharmacy offering graduate degree (master and doctoral) programs and postdoctoral training.  The Committee will also seek input from funding agencies who award graduate and postdoctoral fellowships and from future employers (academic, government, and pharmaceutical industries) to ascertain that the need of future workforce filled by our graduates are continuously and satisfactorily met.

The RGAC will align the above objectives with the 2014-15 presidential agenda on “Accessibility, Affordability, and Accountability” of Graduate Education in Colleges of Pharmacy:

  • Accessibility: Focusing on the quality of program, faculty and student, what would a desirable graduate degree program consist of?  What resources (infrastructural, intellectual, human) are available and how can they be accessed for the program delivery?
  • Affordability: With decreases in the number of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, faculty research funding support, and available job opportunities and escalating cost of graduate education, what strategies can be developed to maintain high quality graduate education, yet affordable to students and institutions? This will include a detailed analysis of the return on investment (ROI) of graduate education – what do schools contribute to graduate students education (e.g. tuition, fees, teaching/mentoring) education and what the students give in return. 
  • Accountability: Assist AACP to develop a practice model with associated guidelines for colleges and schools that offer graduate degree programs to consider and that will be continuously evaluated and updated on a regular basis to ensure the quality of graduate education within pharmacy disciplines remains to be state-of-the-art and the graduates are highly competent and competitive for the future workforce. AACP will be proud to promote our graduate programs and advocate for resources to support them.
Natalie D. Eddington (University of Maryland) Chair
Jeffrey Aube (The University of Kansas) Member
Vicki L. Ellingrod (University of Michigan) Member
Richard Hansen (Auburn University) Member
S. Suresh Madhavan (West Virginia University) Member
Terrence J. Monks (The University of Arizona) Member
Marilyn E. Morris (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York) Member
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