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1 Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 2007 Annual Seminar Accounting Programs Leadership Group Federation of Schools of Accountancy February 11, 2007 Marriott San Diego Mission Valley San Diego, California

2 Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Steve Parscale Director of Accreditation

3 Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Mr. Douglas Viehland, CAE Executive Director Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs 7007 College Boulevard Suite 420 Overland Park, Kansas phone:

4 ACBSP is…. …a specialized business accrediting association whose members confer Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters Degrees. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

5 What is Accreditation? Accreditation is a collegial process based on self and peer assessment for public accountability and improvement of academic quality. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

6 …external validation provided by specialized accreditation has great importance to the public in assuring that minimum educational outcome standards appropriate for the specialty have been met. Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

7 Our Statements VISION: The global leader enhancing the quality of business schools and programs focused on teaching excellence. MISSION: ACBSP develops, promotes, and recognizes best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education and accredits qualified business programs. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

8 History ACBSP established in 1989 in Kansas City. Focus on teaching excellence and all degree levels. International accreditation from beginning. August 1992 recognized by the Dept. of Education. January 2001 was recognized by Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Change in philosophy, membership, and staff structure in 2003 to reflect new way of doing things. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

9 Membership Overview Currently 532 educational members and 12 corporate members. This includes over 5,400 individual members. Educational members include 308 accredited, 155 candidates, and 69 members without accredited status. Currently 168 associate degree institutions, 342 baccalaureate degree institutions and 22 offer and are accredited in both. Members outside the United States total 47 in 20 countries. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

10 Institution Support of regional accreditation Student Recruitment Academic Program Donor Support Credibility to Businesses Self-Study Process Increased Institutional Support Funding from State and Federal Students Transfer of Credits Eligibility for Tuition Reimbursement Faculty Professional Development Source of Pride Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Benefits of Accreditation

11 Separate boards and standards for associate and baccalaureate/graduate degree programs. Shift away from prescriptive process to continuous improvement process. Focus upon excellence in teaching and student learning outcomes (evidence-based). Focus upon the mission of the institution. Based on Baldrige National Quality Program and its Criteria for Performance Excellence. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Accreditation Standards

12 Cost is about $12,000. Timetable can be 18 – 24 months or up to 5 years. A preliminary questionnaire is followed by a self-study followed by a site visit followed by feedback. Ten year accreditation granted. A Process that Supports Your Success Use of process for regional accreditation. A Mentor and Commissioner is provided to assist. Copies of self-studies can be provided. Private community of all schools in candidacy. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Accreditation Process

13 Standards and criteria focus on teaching excellence. Wal-mart Teaching Excellence Award for faculty. Three affiliated honor societies for students. Individual faculty membership at each institution. Business Education Week sent each Friday. Annual and regional conferences offer educational tracks with suggested practices. Global Business Connections for faculty and student exchanges. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Support of Teaching Excellence

14 Membership Directory with institutional and individual member profiles. Professional Opportunity listings Conference presentations available for download. Eight regional councils have home pages. Complete information about accreditation. ACBSP Gateway is Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) ACBSP Gateway

15 Focus on member services in addition to accreditation. Global outreach. Membership is growing. Executives are association managers rather than from academia. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Trends in Business Accrediting Associations

16 Part of desire to offer new products and services to meet unmet needs. Provide external validation of quality of accounting program as outlined earlier. Offer benefits of accreditation outlined earlier. One motivation is desire by NASBA to link state board decisions to accreditation agencies. Currently offered by AACSB. A Review of ACBSP Specialized Accreditation in Accounting Background

17 Standards adopted by baccalaureate/graduate degree membership in June Criteria to implement standards drafted during fall and presented to Board in November. Currently being shared for review and comment by various parties. Proposed to be implemented by June 2007 but that date may be later in 2007 or in A Review of ACBSP Specialized Accreditation in Accounting Timetable

18 Only baccalaureate/graduate degree programs, not associate degree programs. Requires business accreditation and is linked. Does not propose creation of separate board or site visit, but is integrated with current processes. Proposed cost for concurrent with business accreditation would be about $3,400 for fees, mentor, and expenses of one site team member. About $7,000 if not concurrent. A Review of ACBSP Specialized Accreditation in Accounting Accreditation of Accounting

19 Content of the Common Professional Component. How the CPC for business ethics is met…with a standalone course or integrated course and related issue of who teaches the courses. Accounting representation on ACBSP Board of Commissioners and site team visits. A Review of ACBSP Specialized Accreditation in Accounting Issues for Discussion

20 Orlando on June 29-July 2 with focus on Connecting Business with B-Schools Educational tracks on the theme, teaching excellence, student chapters, and the accreditation process. Cynthia Cooper is speaker at Opening Luncheon. Proposal for creation of business related degree program accreditation. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 2007 Annual Conference

21 Discover ACBSP: The Quality Standard for Business Education Around the World 2007 Annual Conference Save the Date brochure. Connecting Business with B-schools Open Letter to ACBSP Members Connecting Business with B-schools Open Letter to the Business Community Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Resources in Print

22 Link to download the print resources… Link for Value of Accreditation… Link for Global Business Connections… Link to Membership Information… Link to Accreditation Information on Cost, Process, Standards and Criteria, Candidacy… Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Resources on ACBSP Gateway

23 This APLG/FSA PowerPoint Presentation ACBSP Standards And Criteria For Demonstrat- ing Excellence In Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Accounting ProgramsDRAFT January 4 Process for Obtaining Accounting Accreditation –DRAFT November 11. February 16 issue of Business Education Week. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Resources Available Upon Request

24 Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Questions and Discussion Thank You for Being Here!


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