Northwestern's Division of Business programs earn national accreditation

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Northwestern's Division of Business programs earn national accreditation

June 19, 2012

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has granted initial accreditation to the Division of Business at Northwestern Oklahoma State University for four of its bachelor’s degree programs.
Northwestern was one of 18 colleges and universities from around the world to earn initial accreditation from the group.

“The national accreditation of our Division of Business was one of my top academic priorities upon becoming president of Northwestern,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern. “Our business programs have a long and distinguished track record, but had never pursued this type of recognition on a national level.

“Gaining ACBSP accreditation is a long and time-consuming process and required a tremendous amount of effort from our business faculty and the academic leadership team. I am extremely proud of their efforts. I am also thrilled for our students as a degree from an accredited business program will add recognition and prestige to their degree.”

Cunningham praised the work of Dr. Steven Palmer, chair of the Division of Business, in leading the process and providing guidance to the faculty and the academic administration.

Programs earning ACBSP accreditation include Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in accounting, business administration and organizational leadership, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.A.S.) degree in technical management.

"Northwestern has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said Steve Parscale, ACBSP director of accreditation. “The initial accreditation shows the commitment to provide the highest quality business education for its students."

As part of the accreditation process, Northwestern underwent a detailed self-study process and played host to a visiting team of evaluators.

In its report to the ACBSP Board of Commissioners, the evaluation team cited the faculty and leadership for preparing “a comprehensive self-study documenting an overall well-developed, learning outcomes focused program,” calling the self-study a best practices document.

In addition, ACBSP lauded Northwestern’s response to the team’s feedback report.

“The institution’s response to the feedback report was thorough and clearly reflects their commitment and dedication to the continuous improvement process. Both the visiting team and the Board of Commissioners concur that NWOSU has done an exemplary job and is to be highly commended. In short, this is a best practices institution when it comes to modeling the initial accreditation process.”


ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,051 member campuses, 154 of which are located outside of the United States. Of those campuses, 541 have achieved accreditation and more than 488 are in candidacy for accreditation.