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ACBSP Awards Bluefield State College Reaffirmation of Accreditation of its Business Programs

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    Friday, December 16 2011
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Overland Park, KS — The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners recently awarded Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W.Va., reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business school at Bluefield State College meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

"Bluefield State College has shown their continued commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process," said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., on June 17, 2012."

"This accreditation is evidence that Bluefield State College is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students for the past 10 years and for the next 10 years," said Parscale.

"We are very excited to receive ACBSP's 10-year reaffirmation of our programs within the Cole School of Business," noted Dr. Steve Bourne, Dean of the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business at BSC. "ACBSP accreditation is the gold-standard for business schools having a teaching focus. Being a nationally accredited program requires a significant commitment of time, resources, and energy on the part of all involved- students, faculty, BSC administrators, and our Advisory Board. The Cole School of Business is committed to maintaining a culture focused on continuous improvement, and has established systematic processes to identify opportunities for improvement in our teaching, curriculum and business processes."

ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation council for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.

"The reaffirmation of these School of Business programs is gratifying because it confirms the high quality and rigor of the programs, preparing students for careers in rewarding fields of endeavor," observed Dr. Thomas Blevins, BSC President. "We also look forward to offering online the entire Business Administration program, beginning in the Fall 2012 Semester."

ACBSP continues to grow, having recently added its 10th region to better serve member institutions in South Asia. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,051 member campuses, 157 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 541 have achieved accreditation and more than 415 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 9,500.

Melinda Dorning
ACBSP Communications Coordinator


Dr. Steve Bourne
Dean, School of Business