Business Division earns IACBE accreditation
The Business Division at Lewis-Clark State College has been officially accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) during the organization’s first specialized visit to the institution.
IACBE sent representatives in September to evaluate the Business Division’s programs, faculty, and its role with in the institution. IACBE representatives met with LCSC administrators, faculty, students, and the Business Division’s Advisory Board to see how the division followed IACBE accreditation guidelines.
LCSC’s Business Division, which is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, received high praise from IABCE representatives. According to LCSC President Dene K. Thomas, one IABCE representative said the Business Division at LCSC had the best self-study he had ever seen and that it was obvious why the college is ranked by US News & World Report as the top comprehensive bachelor’s degree offering public college in the West for 2007.
“Business students and alumni have long recognized the quality of education at LCSC,” LCSC Business Division Chair Randy Martin says. “However, it is always nice to have an outside organization give its stamp of approval on our programs.”
“This is a direct result of very hard work by the faulty and staff,” LCSC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs J. Anthony Fernandez says. “This affirmation of the high quality of our Business programs is especially gratifying because it comes on the heels of several remarkably positive reviews of other LCSC professional programs and a reaffirmation of LCSC's overall accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation by the IACBE is another feather in the cap of the ‘Best 4-year Public College in the West.’ ”
In a written report to President Thomas, IACBE Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Terry A. Gordon complimented LCSC for “your committed and enthusiastic faculty, the collegiality of your business faculty, your excellent educational technology and support, and your excellent relationship with business and industry.”
IABCE refers to itself as the “premier professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.” It exists to promote, develop, and recognize excellence in business education. It’s philosophy of accreditation is focused on student learning and operational outcomes.