Dean Warns of Problems From Budget Cuts at UCSF Pharmacy School
Mary Ann Koda-Kimble, dean of the UC-San Francisco School of Pharmacy, said the school does not have sufficient funds to make changes required to keep its accreditation from the American Council of Pharmacy Education, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
Koda-Kimble has until mid-October to explain to ACPE how the school will address budget and staffing issues, but she says that she will not be able to take action within that time frame.
The school's accreditation has been renewed for six years, but ACPE is monitoring it.
Koda-Kimble attributes the problems to financial pressures on the UC system that hit the UCSF pharmacy school and other small programs especially hard, according to the Business Times.
Koda-Kimble said, "What's happened is we're down to the core, and we've been asked for a 7% cut." She describes the situation as "a financial infrastructure issue about how programs are funded at the University of California level."
The UCSF pharmacy school receives $19.6 million in research and training grants from NIH, more than any other pharmacy school in the nation (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 7/28).