At its annual conference in Chicago, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) honored Guilford for earning initial accreditation of its Business Administration program.
Academic Dean Adrienne Israel, Business Department Chair Betty Kane and Associate Professor of Business Darryl Samsell attended the conference, June 27-30, and accepted the Certificate of Accreditation on behalf of the College. Thirty other institutions, including several from across the United States, as well as from Canada, the Dominican Republic, France, India, Mexico, Mongolia and Puerto Rico, were honored along with Guilford for receiving initial accreditation.
ACBSP also celebrated its 25th anniversary at the conference, which had the theme “Engaged Learning in the Digital Age.” Darryl and Betty made a presentation entitled “Using Technology to Assess and Prepare Students” about their department’s experience using ALEKS® to help students develop quantitative skills and achieve academic success.
The accreditation represents a major accomplishment for the Business Department, which has worked diligently over the past three years to make improvements to its program in order to benefit our students and meet the high standards set for ACBSP accreditation, specifically regarding faculty qualifications and scholarship, curricular requirements, strategic planning and assessment processes to ensure continuous improvement.
Although many larger institutions with graduate programs and strong research emphasis have sought accreditation of their business programs by the Association to Advance Schools of Business (AACSB), Guilford College sought accreditation by ACBSP because it is appropriate for a business program at a small, private, liberal arts, undergraduate institution with a mission focused on excellence in teaching.
Some colleges and universities that have received, or are currently candidates for, ACBSP accreditation are Augsburg College, Arcadia University, Lipscomb University, Lynchburg College and Roanoke College.