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ACBSP Responds to Growing Interest in Separate Accounting Accreditation

Monday, August 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melinda Dorning
ACBSP Executive Director/CEO Douglas Viehland presents a session on separate accounting accreditation as part of the Research Interaction Forum at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

OVERLAND PARK, KS, USA (August 25, 2014) Douglas Viehland (pictured right), Executive Director/CEO of ACBSP, was part of the Research Interaction Forum, presenting a session titled:  Separate Accreditation of Accounting Programs at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting,, held in Atlanta, Ga. on August 3-5. More than 2,900 educators were in attendance at the annual meeting, which focused on the theme, “Global Engagement & Perspectives.”

There has been a growing interest among business deans and accounting department chairs and faculty, in pursuing separate accreditation for the accounting programs. LaGrange College (Georgia) was the first to achieve separate accounting accreditation through ACBSP in 2009. Five years later, 11 colleges and universities, totaling 192 campuses, have ACBSP separate accounting accreditation, in addition to the ACBSP accreditation granted to their business school and programs. Another six colleges and universities that already hold ACBSP accreditation of their business programs are pursing separate accounting accreditation, and five more are seeking separate accounting accreditation concurrent with the initial or reaffirmation process of accreditation of their business programs.

Viehland’s presentation focused on the cost, process and requirements for separate accounting accreditation through ACBSP. “Several states have started to recognize the value of separate accounting accreditation in the qualifications to sit for the CPA exam,” said Viehland. “ACBSP is responding to the growing interest as one of two business accreditors offering separate accounting accreditation,” he said.    

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), is the only global accrediting body to accredit business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels.


ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP,, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,315 member campuses, 211 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 997 have achieved accreditation and more than 226 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 11,000. FAQs / Accreditation FAQs


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