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Alvernia University
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Last updated: 1/16/2020
Alvernia University
Member Institutions by Region -- ACBSP Regions: Eastern Council - Region 2
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400 Saint Bernardine Street
Pennsylvania
19607   [ Map ]
610 796-8292 (Fax)
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About This Member
  Bacc/Grad Degree
  Faith Based
  Yes
  R1 - Reaffirmed with Notes
  2006
  2016
  10 Years
  Dr. Samuel M. Bradley
  Chair & Associate Professor - Business
  Karen Thacker
  Dean of Professional Programs
  Yes
  Standard 1: Leadership The leadership of the business unit has created an outstanding, mission-driven culture and environment. For example, all meetings and classes started with a mission moment. Categories: Approach Verified: This Strength was verified on site. The business faculty are seen as leaders by many of the stakeholder groups. Categories: Approach Verified: This Strength was verified on site.Criterion 1.2 The business unit demonstrates commendable focus on creating an environment that supports and requires legal and ethical behavior. Categories: Approach, Deployment Verified: This Strength was verified on site.Standard 2: Strategic Planning The state of Pennsylvania recently changed the credit requirements for CPA candidates to 150 credits. The business unit currently has a strategy to help students address this change via their 5 year MBA program. This allows students to earn a BS in accounting degree and an MBA in 5 years, thus meeting the credit requirement. Categories: Approach Verified: This Strength was verified on site.Standard 3: Student and Stakeholder Focus The hiring of the Director of Business and Corporate Development has created a valuable opportunity for the business unit in terms of growth, partnerships, reputation, and stakeholder relationships.. Categories: Deployment Verified: This Strength was verified on site.Standard 5: Faculty and Staff Focus The business unit faculty are very willing to go above and beyond their expected duties to serve their students and department. Categories: Approach Verified: This Strength was verified on site.Criterion 5.8 Business faculty as a whole is doing an impressive array of scholarship and professional activities. Categories: Results Verified: This Strength was verified on site.Criterion 6.2.1 Students that the team met with expressed satisfaction with all of the support services provided. Students are given many opportunities to engage with the services offered, i.e. advising, clubs etc. Categories: Approach Verified: This Strength was verified on site.Opportunities for Improvement (OFI) (10)Review of All Academic Activities Not able to locate the table to accredit the associate degree program. Accrediting Associate Degree Programs at an ACBSP School with Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Programs Business programs seeking accreditation of associate degree programs that are integrated into baccalaureate programs must address the Curriculum Summary Table 6 for:  the professional components, criterion 6.2  general education, criterion 6.3 and  the major, criterion 6.4 Each associate degree program seeking accreditation must place a curriculum Table 6 in an addendum to the Baccalaureate/Graduate self-study. A separate self-study and site visit is not required. This information will be evaluated by the Associate Degree Board of Commissioners to determine if the associate degree programs should be accredited based on the Baccalaureate/Graduate degree Board of Commissioners accreditation program. Categories: Approach, DeploymentStandard 2: Strategic Planning While the business unit has a strategic plan, it appears to lack a clear prioritization of the units goals and strengths. Categories: Approach Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 2.2 There is an opportunity for the business unit to devise a system that will determine whether or not completion of goals are on track toward anticipated completion dates. Goals are not defined quantitatively, making measurement of progress especially challenging. Categories: Approach Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 3.2 While the business unit uses some surveys to collect data on a regular basis as listening methods for these stakeholders, there is an opportunity to disaggregate the data and identify the business students and alumni in order to obtain accurate feedback that may reveal strengths and/or opportunities to improve satisfaction levels among current students and alumni. Categories: Approach, Deployment Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 4.3 The school of business has external assessment results from Education Testing Services (ETS) using the Major Field Test in Business (MFTB) results for all accredited programs. However, there is an opportunity to compare results to other students at similar schools. Categories: Results Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 5.1 The business unit has an a human resources plan in place. It mostly addresses past activity and refers to the institution's general hiring process. It may be helpful for the plan to be more closely aligned with the business unit's strategic plan and better address future needs. For instance, the plan does not specifically refer to the unit's graduate program faculty and the need to address faculty teaching loads. Categories: Approach, Deployment Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 5.3 While the business unit meets the faculty qualifications for its undergraduate programs, it routinely falls below the historically acceptable limit of credits taught by academically qualified faculty in its graduate program. An opportunity exists for the Business unit to provide a plan to address this shortcoming in the near future. Categories: Approach, Deployment Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 5.4 It does not appear that at least one f/t faculty member is teaching in the Schuylkil Center site or the Philadelphia site. It is also unclear what the status of faculty leadership is at these sites. There is an opportunity for the business unit to develop and implement a plan for staffing these sites with at least one full-time faculty member and appropriate leadership. Categories: Results Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 5.5 While the business unit has attempted to manage teaching overloads, it is evident that two of full-time faculty members in the business unit taught significant overloads and two others taught one overload course. ACBSP standards and criteria indicate that overload teachings should be used under emergency circumstances, thus, the business unit has an opportunity to explore ways to reduce the amount of overloads. In addition, while Alvernia holds itself out as a teaching institution, the business unit's faculty have several other essential functions that must be fulfilled, including advising and scholarly and professional activities. Heavy advising loads exist for each faculty member. An opportunity exists to either create a policy that reasonably limits the number of overloads taught by faculty or a strategy to increase the number of full time faculty members. It is importantly noted that adjunct faculty generated 65% of the credits in the business courses during the self-study year. This is in stark contrast to the university's goal of having only 25% of credits generated by adjuncts. This fact may be masking the need for additional full-time business faculty in order to appropriately grow the business unit. Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results Verified: This OFI was verified on site.Criterion 6.3.5 While there are policies and procedures noted for retention, there is an opportunity for the initiatives and data surrounding retention to be operationalized at all levels.