The role of dual-degree programs in colleges and schools of pharmacy: the report of the 2008-09 Research and Graduate Affairs Committee.

University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA.
American journal of pharmaceutical education (Impact Factor: 1.08). 12/2009; 73 Suppl(8):S6. DOI: 10.5688/aj7308S06
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According to the Bylaws of AACP, the Research and Graduate Affairs Committee shall provide assistance to the Association in developing its research, graduate education, and scholarship agenda. This assistance may include facilitating colleges and schools in formulating and advancing legislative and regulatory initiatives and nurturing collaborative activities with organizations sharing an interest in issues related to the pharmaceutical sciences. AACP President Victor Yanchick charged the committee with defining the role of dual degree programs within colleges/schools of pharmacy and asked the committee to consider what roles, if any, the Association should play in promoting, recruiting, and describing these programs to prospective students. Additionally, what role should the Association play in documenting the enrollments and graduations from these programs?

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