Bethel College Business Programs Receive Specialized Accreditation

At the 2007 annual conference of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the Board of Commissioners announced the granting of specialized accreditation of the business degree programs of Bethel College. Business program accreditation by the IACBE assures the high quality of Bethel College's business programs. Accredited programs have been examined by trained evaluators who ensure that the IACBE's standards are being met in eight key areas:  outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal/external relationships, and educational innovation. The quality of the business programs are measured by the accomplishment of the school's mission and broad-based goals, the effectiveness of student learning, and the operational effectiveness of the business programs.

Dr. Robert H. Roller, president of the IACBE, notes that, "accreditation is recognition that the business programs of Bethel College demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The IACBE is especially interested in the assessment of student learning outcomes. The accreditation process is one means of making certain graduates are well-equipped to excel in the business world."

"Accreditation is more than just another credential for institutions," adds William Parrott, director of member services and international programs for the IACBE. "Accreditation requires evidence that a school's programs are meeting high standards and producing measurable, high-quality results."

Based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is the
premier business accrediting association for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities. Bethel College joins a growing list of 230 IACBE member institutions in the United States and 20 countries that support quality assurance in education.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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