A York College business degree will soon be more valuable to graduates.
YC is beginning the accreditation process with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the leading outcomes-based professional accrediting organization for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.
The IACBE exists to promote, develop, and recognize excellence in business education.
The funding for this enhanced accreditation is being provided by the Levitt Trust Endowment, created for the advancement of the E.A. Levitt School of Business at York College.
“It’s an ideal time for us to pursue accreditation,” says Dr. Mark Moore, associate professor of business and chair of the department. YC is in a reaccreditation period with the Higher Learning Commission, which works closely with IACBE. Much of the documentation and requirements will be complementary for the two accrediting agencies.
Of the three main accrediting agencies for business colleges in the U.S., Moore says that IACBE is the best choice for York College, as it focuses on classroom outcomes rather than faculty research and is used by many of the top colleges and universities in the region. The organization is also is very familiar with faith-based colleges.
Until the accreditation process is complete, York College will be an educational member with access to IACBE resources. Moore says this membership status will be helpful as he and colleagues review course objectives for business classes, measure outcomes, and compare YC's business curriculum to other accredited programs.
It’s an exciting time for the business department, Moore reports. “We’re seeing an increase in the number of majors in the department and general interest in business classes is increasing. The program is really growing.”
The program is expanding in faculty offerings as well: Tim Lewis, adjunct faculty member, will move to a full time teaching role in the fall 2013 semester.
For the past 10 years, Lewis’ primary role has been that of York College campus minister. Since 2010, he has also taught business courses as an adjunct instructor.
“We are excited about the strength Tim will bring to the program. He is a great addition to our faculty,” says Moore.
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