ACBSP Awards Southern Nazarene University Accreditation of its School of Business

ACBSP Awards Southern Nazarene University Accreditation of its School of Business

     The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate / Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners recently awarded Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma initial accreditation of its School of Business.

“The School of Business at Southern Nazarene University is very pleased to have received accreditation from ACBSP and to be recognized as one of the highest quality business schools in the US. Although the School of Business at SNU has always had excellent business programs, the recognition by ACBSP acknowledges that excellence and reinforces our credibility as a high quality School of Business, both for undergraduate and graduate programs, including our new online MBA in healthcare.” said Dr. Tom Herskowitz, Chair of the School of Business at Southern Nazarene University. “The two years of preparation and self-study leading to the final accreditation has already resulted in improvements in our programs by helping us to focus on identifiable educational outcomes as we continue our focus on student-centered learning approaches to prepare graduates for the business world.”

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the School of Business at Southern Nazarene University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.  

According to the Fall 2009 records at SNU, 26% of all SNU undergraduate students and 42% of graduate students are enrolled in the School of Business.   Of the degrees conferred by SNU this past year of 2008-09, 54% of all undergraduate degrees and 40% of all graduate degrees were awarded graduates from the School of Business.

“Southern Nazarene University has shown their 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 Initial Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Los Angeles June 27.  “This accreditation is evidence that Southern Nazarene University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.” 

“We are excited to receive this recognition of our quality undergraduate and graduate business programs from ACBSP through initial accreditation.  SNU is committed to continue to provide excellent teaching and learning experiences to ensure our program ranks among the highest quality business programs,” said Dr. Mary Jones, Provost at Southern Nazarene University.

ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association 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.

There are currently more than 664 member institutions, including 368 members from baccalaureate / graduate degree-granting institutions; and 89 institutions from outside the United States.  ACBSP member institutions represent 38 different countries.

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university-a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 30,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world.

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