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1 Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 2008 Annual Seminar Accounting Programs Leadership Group Federation of Schools of Accountancy February 12, 2008 Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston, South Carolina

2 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:

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

4 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)

5 History ACBSP established in 1988 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)

6 Membership Overview Currently 568 educational members and 14 corporate members. This includes over 5,800 individual members. Educational members include 402 accredited, 92 candidates, and 74 members without accredited status. Currently 172 associate degree institutions, 369 baccalaureate degree institutions and 27 offer and are accredited in both. Members outside the United States total 66 in 25 countries. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

7 What is Special About ACBSP Focus on Teaching Excellence All Degrees Approach to Accreditation CHEA Recognition Global Involvement Emphasis on Quality Member Benefits Individual Members Teaching Excellence Award Regional Councils ACBSP Gateway Business Education Week Benchmarking Tools Benefits of Accreditation Institutions Students Faculty New Products and Services Student Leadership Award Accounting Accreditation Resource Kit Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Discover ACBSP

8 Separate boards and criteria 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) Business Unit Accreditation

9 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) Business Unit Accreditation Process

10 Standards and criteria focus on teaching excellence. 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

11 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

12 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

13 Standards adopted by baccalaureate/graduate degree membership in June Criteria to implement standards drafted during 2007 and presented to Board in November. Three schools began process of securing the separate accreditation in accounting in November Minor alternations may be made in June A Review of ACBSP Specialized Accreditation in Accounting Timetable

14 Only baccalaureate/graduate degree programs, not associate degree programs. Requires business accreditation and is linked. Does not create separate board or site visit, but is integrated with current processes. Site visit team does have additional member. Future bylaws change may include the addition of Board members. A Review of ACBSP Specialized Accreditation in Accounting Accreditation Process

15 Concurrent Non concurrent Application Fee $1,250 $1,250 Maintenance Fee (one year) none 500 Mentor Visit & Consultation (recommended) 1,000 1,000 Site Visit Travel (one additional/two evaluators) 800 1,600 Site Visit Honorarium (three days) 600 1,200 Site Visit Food and Lodging 700 1,200 Total $3,350 $7,000 A Review of ACBSP Specialized Accreditation in Accounting Cost of Accounting Accreditation

16 Discover ACBSP brochure Annual Conference brochure. Accounting Accreditation Standards and Criteria for Baccalaureate/Graduate Schools. Process for Obtaining Accreditation. Process for Maintaining Accreditation. Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Resources in Print and on Gateway

17 This APLG/FSA PowerPoint Presentation Process of Obtaining Accreditation with excerpts prepared for this meeting. Accounting Accreditation Standards and Criteria for Baccalaureate/Graduate Schools with textboxes prepared for this meeting. Accreditation Standards for Baccalaureate/ Graduate Schools Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Resources Available Upon Request

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


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