Four rights of the pharmacy educational consumer

Jeff Cain, Zachary Noel, Kelly M. Smith, Frank Romanelli

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Professional students and their families invest a significant amount of time and finances to obtain a degree. While education is not a typical consumer good and should not be treated as such, there are certain expectations that colleges and schools should be prepared to meet. This article contrasts academic entitlement issues with 4 fundamental rights underpinning colleges' and schools' fiduciary responsibilities to students. The authors submit that students, in their roles as higher education consumers, have the following rights: (1) to have the opportunity to learn, (2) to learn from faculty members dedicated to best teaching practices, (3) to learn within a curriculum designed to prepare them for the profession, and (4) to have access to resources necessary to succeed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2014


  • Academia
  • Academic entitlement
  • Higher education
  • Student consumerism
  • Student rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (all)


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