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MC a candidate for accreditation from ACBSP

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College has completed the first step in the process toward business accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), a specialized accrediting organization that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs.

Monmouth is officially a candidate with ACBSP, but expects to be fully accredited in business administration, accounting and international business within the next year or two.

ACBSP accreditation is based on an independent evaluation of an institution’s business school or program by a group of professionals, which include faculty and academic administrators in the field of business. The process was established to ensure public protection of and instill public confidence in collegiate professional business schools and programs.

“As a candidate for business accreditation, Monmouth College’s political economy and commerce and accounting departments will complete self-studies, host academic leaders from top undergraduate business programs and certify that its courses and programs meet or exceed the most rigorous academic standards ” said David Timmerman, dean of MC’s faculty.

The pursuit of accreditation reinforces a commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and scholarship, and the process of preparing an accreditation self-study enhances the focus on quality of student learning and renews a commitment to the educational mission.

Additionally, accredited status creates greater visibility for the institution and provides prestige and credibility when seeking funding resources from donors, foundations and governments.

The process is also helpful for creating guidelines for faculty credentials, which leads to higher standards in hiring, increased scholarly and professional activities, and more focused faculty development decisions. Students are able refer to accreditation status on résumés and in employment interviews, and the college will be able to host a chapter of Delta Mu Delta or Kappa Beta Delta honorary society, recognizing accomplishments of business students.