Growth of a pharmacy school through planning, cooperation, and establishment of a satellite campus

Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Oct 1;73(6):102. doi: 10.5688/aj7306102.


University of Maryland School of Pharmacy was in a quandary: its comprehensive mission required meeting state workforce needs while increasing educational quality, expanding research, and responding to service needs, but state resources were declining, faculty members were stressed, construction of a long-needed new building was stalled, and pressure to increase doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) enrollment was growing. A sharp challenge from the Board of Regents mobilized the school to quickly launch a growth initiative to accelerate PharmD program expansion through a satellite campus. Within 4 months, a plan was approved that not only led to enrollment growth, but also to a significant expansion of the faculty and staff, increased operating and capital budgets, and ground breaking for an $83 million new building. This case study illustrates how seemingly competitive needs such as teaching, research, and service can be woven together synergistically to accomplish multiple goals.

Keywords: distance education; enrollment; expansion; finance; planning; satellite campus.

MeSH terms

  • Budgets*
  • Capital Financing
  • Education, Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • Faculty
  • Humans
  • Maryland
  • Research / organization & administration
  • Schools, Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • Students, Pharmacy*
  • Teaching