Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
“The University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral level degrees. Questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas at El Paso may be directed to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on the SACSCOC website (www.sacscoc.org).”
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Accreditation Status
The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate accreditation status during the June 20-23, 2018, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted February 27 – March 1, 2018, and discussion with University and School officials. The program completed a scheduled Continuation of Status Site Visit during the fall of 2020 (September 22-23, 2020). The ACPE Board of Directors met (January 20-23, 2021), and has decide that the Candidate status of the program be continued. If the program continues to develop as planned, the program will complete a comprehensive on-site evaluation for purposes of consideration of advancing from Candidate to Accredited status during the spring of 2021.
For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation is a multi-year process that generally involves three steps: Precandidate Status, Candidate Status, and Accredited Status.
Precandidate Status indicates a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate Status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that meets all eligibility criteria but has no students enrolled. This status authorizes the program to admit its first class.
Candidate Status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that has been previously awarded Precandidate status and that has students enrolled, but has not yet had a graduating class.
Accredited status is awarded to a program that has successfully achieved Precandidate and Candidate statuses, met all ACPE standards for accreditation, and has graduated its first class.
Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate Status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions. It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.
For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60503, 312-644- 3575; FAX 312-664-4652; website www.acpe-accredit.org
|September 2015||Founding Dean José O. Rivera named||Completed|
|November 2015||UT System Board of Regents establishes the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and creates the School of Pharmacy at UTEP||Completed|
|March 2016||On-site consultation with ACPE staff||Completed|
|April 2016||Precandidate status application report submitted to ACPE||Completed|
|June 2016||UTEP SOP appears before ACPE Board of Directors||Completed|
|July 2016||ACPE Board of Directors decision to authorize a comprehensive on-site evaluation||Completed|
|September 2016||THECB Committee on Academic and Workforce Success (CAWS) recommends approval for the School of Pharmacy||Completed|
|September 2016||THECB approves the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and creates the School of Pharmacy at UTEP||Completed|
|December 2016||Final Precandidate status application report submitted to ACPE||Completed|
|January 2017||UTEP Pharmacy appears before ACPE Board of Directors||Completed|
|February 2017||ACPE Board of Directors authorize a comprehensive on-site evaluation||Completed|
|Spring 2017||Comprehensive on-site evaluation to assess for readiness for Precandidate status||Completed|
|June 2017||ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant Precandidate status||Completed|
|August 2017||UTEP SOP matriculates PharmD class||Completed|
|Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2018||Comprehensive on-site evaluation to assess for readiness for Candidate status||Completed|
|July 2018||ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant Candidate status||Completed|
|June 2020||ACPE Board of Directors decision to continue Candidate status||Completed|
|September 2020 (Rescheduled from April 2020)||Focused on-site/virtual evaluation to continue Candidate status|
|Spring 2021||Comprehensive on-site evaluation prior to graduating the first class to assess Accredited status readiness|
|May 2021||Inaugural Class graduates|
|July 2021||ACPE Board of Directors decision to grant Accredited status|