ECSU creates path for students to earn PharmD


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Elizabeth City State University has inked an agreement with the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore to provide its pharmaceutical science students a "seamless pathway" to a doctor of pharmacy degree.

Under the agreement, which has been worked out by officials from ECSU and UM-Eastern Shore and will be signed soon by representatives of the two schools, students seeking the doctor of pharmacy degree will study pharmaceutical science for three years at ECSU and then complete three additional years of study at UM-Eastern Shore.

ECSU Provost Farrah J. Ward discussed the new "three-plus-three" program during a meeting of the ECSU Board of Trustees' Academic and Enrollment Services Committee last week.

Ward discussed the agreement with UM-Eastern Shore in response to a question from trustee board Chairman Harold Barnes about the continuing vitality of the university's pharmaceutical science program.

The program stems from a partnership launched in 2005 between ECSU and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The agreement allowed students to study pharmaceutical science at ECSU and then finish a doctor of pharmacy degree in Chapel Hill.

The partnership program was suspended in 2013 after failing to meet enrollment targets.

Ward explained Tuesday that even though the UNC partnership program is no longer in place the UM-Eastern Shore agreement will offer a good opportunity for pharmacy students.

The report on academic affairs also included an announcement that the university's marquee program in aviation science will have its name included in that of a new department.

Under a realignment of schools and departments that Ward has been working on in conjunction with faculty, aviation science will no longer be part of the Department of Technology but instead be a key component of the new Department of Aviation and Emergency Management.

Chancellor Karrie Dixon told trustees that Ward, who was recently named provost after serving as interim provost since last fall, "has done a fabulous job" in the role.