City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences earns 10-year accreditation

August 3, 2015

School within Beckman Research Institute is commended for its increasingly strong contributions to research

DUARTE, Calif., August 3, 2015 — City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences has received its first 10-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges  (WASC), the regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The school was commended for “its increasingly strong contribution to the field of translational research by preparing capable researchers to engage productively in finding cures for some of society’s more intractable health issues.”

The graduate school is young, having been founded in 1994, and offers a rigorous program of coursework and laboratory research culminating in a Ph.D. degree. The faculty of 75 scientists train a select number of students recruited from across the country and the world, preparing them for high-achieving careers at universities, research institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

This is the first review in which the graduate school has received the maximum length of accreditation. “This is an esteemed accomplishment and it is gratifying to have won approval without follow-up for the next 10 years,” said John Rossi, Ph.D., the Morgan & Helen Chu Dean’s Chair of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, and chair and professor of molecular and cellular biology at City of Hope.  He credited the school’s progress to the hard work and cooperative attitude of staff and students.

The site visit team that conducted the review praised the energy, engagement and creativity of the student body, and the dedication and expertise of the professors. The team applauded the high student success rate, with 86 percent of students graduating in an average time of 5.5 years, and reported that the institution is actively committed to ensuring that is program is aligned with best practices at other institutions. Among these best practices is educating students to understand that they have transferable skills that qualify them for a wide variety of careers specific to science.

“Obtaining 10-year accreditation so early in the school’s history is strong proof of the school’s excellence,” said Steven J. Novak, Ph.D., associate dean of the graduate school and academic liaison officer to WASC. “This is truly a remarkable accomplishment and our scientists and students are deservedly proud.”

Steven T. Rosen, provost and chief scientific officer at City of Hope, commended the school and the faculty who are preparing students for a career in translational medicine.  “We have the best scientists of today training the best scientists of tomorrow,” he said. “They will change the world, and City of Hope is proud to be a part of helping create that change.”

About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics in southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.

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