Texas A&M University System Will Open Rangel College of Pharmacy at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Fall 2006 as Planned
KINGSVILLE - March 21, 2006
College Station—The Texas A&M University System is pleased to announce that it will open the Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville in the fall semester of 2006, based on expectations that adequate state funding will be forthcoming for the 2008-09 biennium. In addition, the System announced that it intends to transfer the management of the College of Pharmacy to The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, which will contribute to the funding of the college in fiscal year 2007.
The college has been scheduled to open in fall 2006, but the lack of a stable state funding source to operate the college and to ensure that programmatic and national pharmacy school accreditation standards are met has been a concern.
“Our decision to open the college this fall is based on the expectation that in addition to formula funding provided in the next biennium for the continuation of this fall’s inaugural class, at least another $6 million will be appropriated to the College of Pharmacy to cover the costs of educating the new students who will be enrolled during the 2008-2009 biennium,” said Robert D. McTeer, chancellor of the A&M System. “This will ensure that the school will have a dependable source of state appropriated funds to support the college going forward, which has been our primary concern, McTeer said.”
McTeer said that much work remains to be done in a short time to open the college. The process for interviewing and admitting students for the inaugural fall 2006 class will take place early next month, as will preparations for the site visit required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In addition, the College of Pharmacy must still get approvals from the Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the transfer of the college into the Health Science Center.
“With funding assistance and sharing of resources by transferring the College of Pharmacy to the A&M System Health Science Center, we will stretch ourselves in order to open this fall. Now that we can expect adequate state funding to continue through the upcoming biennium, we are confident that the College of Pharmacy will be able meet the requirements for stable funding necessary to achieve national accreditation for the school,” McTeer said. “The A&M System is firmly committed to the college and is enthusiastic about delivering to South Texas a top quality and financially sound professional pharmacy program.”
The 77th Texas Legislature created the pharmacy college in 2001 and authorized tuition revenue bonds to finance the construction of a building to house the school. The building was completed in July 2005. A $13 million funding request was submitted to the 79 th Texas Legislature for operational costs for the 2006-07 biennium, and although $10 million was included in the supplemental appropriations bill, at adjournment funding was denied.
In 2004, the college submitted an application to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education for pre-accreditation status for the college, contingent upon meeting 30 accreditation standards, including the commitment of long-term financial support for the pharmacy program. In 2004, The A&M System Board of Regents committed $3.1 million to hire the initial cohort of faculty and prepare for full accreditation for the college, but the planned fall 2005 opening was delayed until fall 2006 due to a lack of appropriations of state funds for operations.
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