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Westminster College department achieves national accreditation

Sunday, January 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melinda Dorning


The John E. Simon Department of Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Management Information Systems at Westminster College in Fulton has recently been accredited as one of the best programs in the nation, according to a news release.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the only global accreditation body that models its standards on a national quality program, has awarded Westminster College accreditation of its business programs after a rigorous review.

“This recognition elevates our business program, placing it among the best among liberal arts colleges in the country,” said Bill Carner, associate professor of business at Westminster and author of the college’s self-study for the accreditation committee, in the release.

Schools receiving ACBSP accreditation find it helpful in stronger student and faculty recruitment and increased donor support.

ACBSP accreditation also helps with the professional development of faculty, encouraging them to be evaluators and share ideas with faculty members from other institutions.

Receiving ACBSP accreditation ensures the business community that Westminster is a reliable source of knowledgeable employees. Employers, licensing bodies and regulatory agencies are reassured by the quality standards embodied by the accreditation.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from Associate to Baccalaureate to Doctoral Degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the undergraduate business programs offered at Westminster meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

“Having this accreditation ensures the quality of our curriculum, faculty and educational processes,” Carner said. “This process shows how our programs meet the college’s mission as it relates to student learning, faculty research, community engagement and economic development.”

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