The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Guilford College initial accreditation of its business administration program.
Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes in Guilford’s business administration program meets rigorous standards.
“ACBSP accreditation adds value to the Guilford degree in business administration and will serve as evidence for prospective students and employers that Guilford is providing a quality business education,” said Betty Kane, department chair and associate professor of business.
The program was accepted for candidacy for accreditation in mid-2011. During the 2011-12 academic year, the Department of Business developed an action plan to meet standards for accreditation, and in 2012-13 it prepared a self-study. An ACBSP evaluation team conducted a site visit last March. Faculty members in the department worked with alumni and other constituents to prepare and submit the self-study.
“Guilford College has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Initial Accreditation at the 2014 ACBSP Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., June 29. “This accreditation is evidence that Guilford College is committed to providing the highest quality business education for its students.”
ACBSP accreditation supports the vision of The Strategic Plan for Guilford College 2011-2016: Outcomes of a Guilford Education in that it will deliver learning outcomes for an increasingly global marketplace. An important aspect of the business administration program is its emphasis on business ethics, uniquely connected to the Quaker values of the College.
Nearly 300 Guilford students are business administration or business management majors.