University ignored cry for help from pharmacy

Members of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences made numerous complaints to the Board of Trustees about their school possibly being put on probation, and it finally happened.

FAMU has one of the most renowned pharmacy schools in the nation. But because the college’s strategic planning, curriculum evaluation, proof of adequate faculty and financial resources were non-compliant with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the Tallahassee Democrat reported, the school has been put on probationary accreditation until June 30, 2008.

In the Sept. 18 edition of The Famuan, it was reported that faculty sent a letter of discontent to the BOT.

The letter was a response to the BOT lowering the CPPS’s phase two building plan from No. 5 to No. 12 on their priority list.

The Pharmacy’s building was planned in two stages. Phase one has already been completed, but phase two has yet to begin. And failure to have a funding plan for the new building by the next ACPE visit would endanger the college’s accreditation, the news story said.

If you knew one of your biggest money making colleges’ accreditation was in danger, why not do something before the problem grew?

It is hoped the BOT stops playing around with pharmacy’s fate and do what they can to get the college out of probation.

Brandon D. Oliver for the Editorial Board.