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UI College of Pharmacy ranked 6th in nation by Gourman Report

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has been ranked sixth in the nation by the recently published Gourman Report on graduate and professional degree programs.

The UI College of Pharmacy rose 21 spots in the ranking, from 27th in 1995 when the last Gourman Report was published. Some 73 pharmacy colleges were evaluated for this year's report.

The Gourman Report evaluates schools on a number of criteria, including how well the program's objectives are defined; how well the program meets the needs of students and faculty; institutional reports such as self studies and accreditation reviews; improvements in quality in administrators, faculty, curriculum, library resources and physical plant; student counseling; teacher educational programs; availability of student scholarships; faculty salaries; computer facilities; and the number of faculty and teaching assistants.

"We are now clearly ranked among the elite pharmacy schools in the nation," said Gilbert S. Banker, Ph.D., dean of the UI College of Pharmacy. "Many faculty, alumni, pharmacy leaders in the state, staff and university officers have helped us to achieve this high ranking."

UI President Mary Sue Coleman echoed Banker's comments. "This is wonderful news for the College of Pharmacy, the university, and the state," she said. "Dean Banker and his faculty and staff deserve hearty congratulations for their efforts. I also want to recognize the State Board of Regents, the Iowa legislature and the governor's office for the investments they made in improving the facilities and resources at the College of Pharmacy. Clearly, our pharmacy students are seeing the benefits of these investments."

Banker said there are several factors contributing to the college's leap in the rankings. One reason is the unique opportunity for UI pharmacy students to train with faculty at eight family practice residency sites around the state, a program also supported by the UI College of Medicine. Another reason is the new working relationship the college has developed with the UI Hospitals and Clinics, which has resulted in approximately 170 student clerkships within the UIHC. Finally, high quality community clerkships, a new pharmacy building addition completed in 1996, a very positive accreditation review and the cooperative relationship with the health sciences center all contributed to the college's sixth-place ranking.

"I believe our current top 10 ranking is appropriate and deserved," said Banker. "It is a result of the hard work of all of our faculty and staff and also reflects the support of our students in implementing the new advanced professional Pharm.D.program. The ranking illustrates the contributions of our basic science and clinical faculty, the continuing strong basic science component of our curriculum, and the research opportunities available to our students, and the excellence of our clinical program."