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Commission Voting on Certificate Accreditation Standards

Thursday, May 3, 2018   (8 Comments)
Posted by: Administration

Last year, in 2017, we talked to our members at most regional meetings about a plan to begin accrediting certificates. The response was highly favorable. The Accreditation Governance Board (AGB) and the two Boards of Commissioners have now developed seven standards to accredit certificates.

These seven standards will be presented for approval at the two commission meetings in June. We are providing the seven standards for your review prior to the meeting.

ACBSP Standards for Demonstrating Excellence in Certificate Accreditation

STANDARD 1 - LEADERSHIP:

A systematic leadership process must exist that promotes performance excellence and continuous improvement.

STANDARD 2 - STRATEGIC PLANNING:

Strategic plans must include measurable goals.

STANDARD 3 - STUDENT AND STAKEHOLDER FOCUS:

A systematic process must be used to determine expectations of students and other key stakeholders.

STANDARD 4 - STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT:

A systematic student learning assessment process must measure students’ knowledge and skills compared to expected outcomes.

STANDARD 5 - FACULTY FOCUS:

A systematic process must ensure instructors are appropriately qualified and that their credentials and skill sets align with learning outcomes.

STANDARD 6 - CURRICULUM:

A systematic process must ensure continuous improvement of the curriculum. The curriculum must be comprised of appropriate subject matter outcomes to prepare students for success.

STANDARD 7 - CERTIFICATE KEY PERFORMANCE RESULTS:

A systematic process must identify and track key performance measures for continuous improvement.  Demonstrate that adequate resources and services exist.

Certificate Accreditation Eligibility

The certificate must be eligible for higher education credit. In addition, the other membership requirements already in the bylaws will be required for accreditation of certificates.

  • A Certificate – An award for an academic certificate that requires completion of 12 credits in a year or less for a full-time student course load and may take longer for part time students. Some programs provide specialized training for people who already have diplomas or degrees. Others are for those who want to quickly complete a program that leads to a specific job.
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - An award that requires completion of an organized program of study requiring 12 credit hours beyond the bachelor's. Designed for those with a bachelor's degree who do not meet the academic requirements of a master's degree.
  • Post-Master's Certificate - An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of 12 credit hours beyond the master's degree but does not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctorate level.

All-Members Meetings

Champions and Co-Champions from our member schools will vote on the adoption of the certificate accreditation standards at both All-Member Meetings to be held at ACBSP Conference 2018. The time, dates, and location are as follow.

Meeting of All Associate Degree Members
4:45 - 5:45 PM CDT
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Meeting of All Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Members
4:45 - 5:45 PM CDT
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

For more information or questions about the standards or voting, please contact Dr. Steve Parscale, Chief Accreditaton Officer, at sparscale@acbsp.org or 913.339.9356.

Comments...

William Laing says...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Steven, Thank you, your answers helped a great deal and appear to be great. Thank you, Bill
Steven L. Parscale says...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Bill Continued, Will this accreditation be in addition to the BAc/Grad or Associate level accreditation? Yes it will. Similar to the specialized accounting accreditation. Yes it will. Many of our concentrations are part of our MBA specialized programs. Would the certificates that are not ACBSP accredited have to be listed on our website as not accredited, but also listed as accredited as part of the MBA. Yes, certificates not accredited will need to be identified as not ACBSP accredited. Are you saying that you have certificates in the MBA concentrations? If you accredit any certificates, you should accredit all of your certificates and that would include the MBA certificates.
Steven L. Parscale says...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Thank you Bill, Are the Post Bac courses master level courses? No, we will improve the language. Are the post mas courses doctoral level courses? No, same as above. What about pre bac certificates? We will accredit Associate Degree Certificates. Would the naming convention be better as Undergraduate Certificates and Graduate Certificates? Yes, I think that will be better. Under standard 4 would there be a requirement for comparative data from external sources? Not at this time. How closely does a certificate have to be to business? We will need to see what the applicant pool brings to see how closely a certificate is to business. It may end up as 12 or more credit hours in business. Is one course enough? No, it will probably be defined as 12 credit hours or more.
Steven L. Parscale says...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018
I agree Rachel Plaksa. We will be able to make that work.
Rachel Plaksa says...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018
We have an undergraduate certificate program that takes more than a year to complete due to prerequisite courses (4 courses must be taken over 4 terms/semesters). Would that be ineligible because there is no way to complete it in one year? I would suggest that any certificate program that consists of a subset of courses from an already ACBSP accredited associate degree program should be eligible. - Rachel Plaksa, Lehigh Carbon Community College, PA
William Laing says...
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Hello, In reading the definitions, it is confusing. Are the Post Bac courses master level courses? Are the post mas courses doctoral level courses? What about pre bac certificates? Would the naming convention be better as Undergraduate Certificates and Graduate Certificates? Under standard 4 would there be a requirement for comparative data from external sources? How closely does a certificate have to be to business? Is one course enough? Will this accreditation be in addition to the BAc/Grad or Associate level accreditation? Similar to the specialized accounting accreditation. Many of our concentrations are part of our MBA specialized programs. Would the certificates that are not ACBSP accredited have to be listed on our website as not accredited, but also listed as accredited as part of the MBA program? Just a few questions. Thank you for your help in understanding, Bill Laing
Steven L. Parscale says...
Posted Monday, May 7, 2018
Thank you, Ron. That is a good point. Continuous improvement, we can improve the definitions as we continue to work on the Criteria for accrediting certificates.
Ron DeYoung says...
Posted Monday, May 7, 2018
The way that the post-masters certificate reads, all of the courses must be beyond the master's degree. A person could have a master's degree in one area but wanting a certificate in another area that would be master's level courses.

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