The Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded accreditation to the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered by Western Governors University’s (WGU) College of Business. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the undergraduate and graduate business programs offered through WGU’s College of Business meet the rigorous standards established by ACBSP.
“Western Governors University has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Dr. Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Accreditation at 2018 ACBSP Conference in Kansas City, Mo. on June 10. “This accreditation is evidence that WGU is committed to providing the highest quality business education for its students.”
In 2017, ACBSP announced that WGU was a candidate for accreditation. As part of the process, accreditors evaluated WGU’s leadership, strategic planning, stakeholder relationships, academic programs, faculty credentials and educational support. This program-specific accreditation is in addition to the university’s regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which was reaffirmed last year.
“In results from a 2017 Harris Poll, 100 percent of employers said WGU graduates were well prepared for their jobs. The ACBSP accreditation further affirms to both students and Hoosier employers that a WGU business education equips students for career success,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. WGU Indiana’s College of Business has more than 2,300 students and more than 2,000 graduates.
Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to doctoral degree programs. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes and a developing a continuous improvement model.
ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence in the accreditation of business education programs throughout the world. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. ACBSP currently accredits business programs at more than 1,200 campuses in 60 countries. FAQs / Accreditation FAQs
WGU Indiana offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs in business, education, information technology and healthcare. The nonprofit university’s competency-based model allows students to accelerate through coursework at their own pace.
According to a 2017 Harris Poll, 89 percent of them in their degree field, compared to 84 percent nationally. According to a 2016 Gallup study, WGU graduates are more likely than graduates from other U.S. universities to have the jobs they want, feel engaged at work, and have an emotional attachment to their alma mater.
WGU Indiana has helped 6,000 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. Another 5,000 students are currently enrolled. For information about WGU Indiana’s degrees and scholarships, visit indiana.wgu.edu.