Northwestern's business program working toward accreditation

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Northwestern's business program working toward accreditation

September 8, 2010

 Business accreditation
Business faculty from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently accepted the certificate for candidacy of accreditation during the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) conference. (From left) Bhanumurthy Reddy, Dr. Steven Palmer, Dr. James Bowen, Dr. Ron DeYoung, associate director for ACBSP; and Gary Tucker are photographed during the conference.  DeYoung works with baccalaureate and graduate programs regarding the initial accreditation and reaffirmation processes.

Business faculty from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently attended the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Conference to accept a certificate to begin the accreditation process for Northwestern’s Division of Business.

Dr. Steve Palmer, Division of Business chair, said the conference provided considerable information on the program and course-level assessment, business education pedagogy and the ACBSP standards for the accreditation process.

The accreditation can take up to five years to achieve. The university must comply with the ACBSP Baldridge model of continuous improvement standards. In order to achieve accreditation, the Division of Business is going through a strategic planning process and then will implement the necessary processes, policies and curricular changes.

“To our students the accreditation means that the business programs meet or exceed the standards for a quality business education,” Palmer said. “For employers it signifies that our graduates have satisfied the graduation requirements of a program that meets or exceeds recognizable quality standards for business education.”

Within the accreditation process ACBSP also accredits accounting programs.

“Having our accounting program accredited by ACBSP will make sure our accounting graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in states that adopt such an eligibility requirement,” Palmer said.

ACBSP allows an institution a five-year window to achieve accreditation. Once accreditation is achieved, the university will submit annual reports to show that it is within compliance with the standards. Every 10 years the university goes through a reaffirmation process, which is very similar to the initial accreditation process.

“It’s essential that we do this accreditation for the sake of our students,” Dr. James Bowen, School of Professional Studies dean, said. “By receiving this certification, we are one step closer to improving our business program.”

Northwestern faculty Bhanumurthy Reddy and Gary Tucker, instructors of business, Bowen and Palmer attended the ACBSP conference.

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