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Accreditation Corner: ACBSP Standards & Criteria, Why?

Posted By Steven Parscale, Saturday, January 5, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

Cheating stock image via Wikimedia Commons by user HariadhiACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. This is ACBSP’s mission. It is why we exist — to improve academic quality. I think you would agree this is an honorable purpose. The standards and criteria are designed to be a tool to help improve academic quality. People who do not use the tool correctly, or choose to cheat or shortcut the accreditation process miss an opportunity to positively affect their students and our global society.

Accreditation is a process of important steps that are required to achieve the full benefit of the work put forth. Obtaining accreditation is very much the same as obtaining a college degree. Obtaining a college degree is a process of important steps like reading, writing, presenting, thinking, etc. over a period of time. The success is not the degree or the accreditation; the success is the journey. The success is what people learn about themselves and their world as they work through the process of earning a degree, or earning the accreditation. Cheating, or taking short cuts, not only hurts the person doing it, but also disrespects the system that is designed to provide them the education or the accreditation.

Large-scale cheating has been uncovered over the last year at some of the nation’s most competitive schools, like the Air Force Academy and Harvard. A link to the full article published Sept. 7 in The New York Times is provided here: Students Cheating. In another example, it was not students cheating but a faculty member. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on October 8 that Yoshitaka Fujii faked nearly 200 medical studies over two decades. That full article is also available to subscribers through this hyperlink: The Great Pretender.

Another similar problem is contending with degree mills and accreditation mills. These counterfeit entities provide bogus degrees and accreditation. Sometimes the students are aware of the bogus degree and sometimes they are not. Either way it is detrimental to society. This link will take you to one of many sources of information about degree and accreditation mills.

It will benefit everyone to use the ACBSP accreditation standards and criteria properly. It is not beneficial to falsify data or information to be accredited. Even if it takes longer to complete the process properly, the benefits are worth it. Cheating is not beneficial in college or for accreditation. Do the right thing; do the work and reap the rewards.

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