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LCSC Business Division earns commendations with re-accreditation

LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College’s Business Division had its accreditation reaffirmed with the International Accreditation Council for Business Education during the IACBE’s Board of Commissioners meeting in late July.

The announcement completes a year-long process where the LCSC Business Division went through preparing and submitting an application for reaffirmation of accreditation along with a self-study, a site visit by an IACBE accreditation team, receiving and responding to the site visit report, and reviewing and updating an assessment plan.

Accreditation assures the LCSC Business Division offers quality mission-driven and outcomes-based programs. The IACBE provides an independent, external evaluation of the effectiveness of the business programs offered at LCSC. During its site visit, the accreditation team reviewed the assessment plan and goals of the Business Division, interviewed administrators, faculty, staff and students, and examined the different degrees offered by the division.

LCSC’s Business Division offers Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Science degrees in both business administration and management. These degrees are offered at  the main campus, at LCSC-Coeur d’Alene, and online.

The IACBE’s report gave LCSC’s Business Division two commendations, which are awarded for demonstrating excellent performance. One commendation was for the Business Division’s leadership role on campus. The report said “Based on interviews with other units, faculty, staff and students, the Business Division is highly respected on campus and often looked to for advice and help in assessment and other important items such as committee work.”

The Business Division and LCSC as a whole also was praised for its “excellent strategic planning process that is well integrated with all constituents and ties to budgeting decisions, mission and vision statements, and the overall general welfare of the institution.”

“I am very proud of the faculty and staff of the Business Division at Lewis-Clark State College,” LCSC Business Division chair Delta Heath-Simpson said.  “They worked as a team, devoting a great deal of time and effort during our self-study year to make significant program improvements so that our students can be assured of obtaining a high quality business education and succeed in today’s fast-paced business environment.”

The IACBE’s accreditation is good for seven years through July 2024. The Business Divisions accreditation will be recognized at the 2018 IACBE annual conference in New Orleans on April 17-20.

For the 2016 academic year, LCSC’s Business Division was second only to the Nursing/Health Sciences Division in terms of student headcount by division with 500 students. LCSC began the 2017 fall semester on Monday and headcount data won’t be available until later in the semester.