Business programs awarded ACBSP accreditation

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Pfeiffer University announces that several programs from the Division of Business have been awarded accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Governors, effective immediately and valid through 2027.

Pfeiffer’s MBA program and undergraduate degree programs in Accounting, Business Management and Leadership, Computer Information Systems, Sport Management and 3-2 program (five-year bachelor’s and MBA) are included in the designation. They join the ranks of nearly 3,000 business programs at more than 430 campuses worldwide accredited by ACBSP.

“ACBSP accreditation elevates Pfeiffer University’s business programs in the business school market, locally, regionally, nationally and globally,” said Dr. Dawn Lucas, dean, Division of Business. “Achieving this classification demonstrates Pfeiffer’s commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and scholarship; student learning outcomes; and sustaining a culture of excellence. It also signals to employers and graduate programs that students are prepared and qualified for high-level jobs and master’s-level work.”

To prepare for accreditation, Pfeiffer’s Division of Business undertook a yearlong self-study. This included assessment of operational key performance indicators such as retention and graduation rates, student and alumni satisfaction, and the professional development and scholarly activities of faculty, among other factors.

“Pfeiffer University has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Dr. Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Accreditation at ACBSP Conference 2017 in Anaheim, California, on June 26. “This accreditation is evidence that Pfeiffer University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

Pfeiffer joins several other North Carolina independent institutions whose business programs hold ACBSP accreditation. They are Campbell University, Gardner-Webb University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Lenoir-Ryne University, Methodist University, South University-High Point, University of Mount Olive and Wingate University.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the undergraduate and graduate business programs offered through the Division of Business meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. Based on the Baldridge Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support to determine whether or not the business programs offers a rigorous educational experience and demonstrate continuous quality improvement.