Northwood University Receives ACBSP Accreditation for Its Business Programs

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Review process helped four-year, non-profit institution benchmark performance in its quality journey as leader in free-enterprise-focused education.

As a university focused exclusively on business education, achieving this business specialty accreditation is strategically important...

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Northwood University accreditation of its business programs.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within both the undergraduate and graduate business degree programs offered at Northwood University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

Based on the criteria of the Baldrige National Quality Award, ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of the institutional leadership, strategic planning processes, relationships with the community, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials and services, and educational support to determine whether the institution offers a rigorous educational experience and demonstrates continuous quality improvement.

“Northwood University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Dr. Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Initial Accreditation at ACBSP Conference 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, June 14. “This accreditation is evidence that Northwood is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

“As a university focused exclusively on business education, achieving this business specialty accreditation is strategically important and is a key goal of the current Northwood University Strategic Plan,” notes Kristin Stehouwer, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Academic Officer at Northwood University. “As with our regional accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission, we see ACBSP accreditation as part of our quality journey.”

Stehouwer says the process leading to this prestigious accreditation helped the university to systematically benchmark its performance and continue its drive toward global excellence as a premier business university based on the free-enterprise model.

“The ACBSP accreditation process allowed us to gather evidence of the many improvements we have made across the university over a period of several years,” Stehouwer says. “We truly appreciate and are grateful to the numerous faculty and staff who have contributed to this success. The entire process prompted us to have higher expectations of ourselves and ever-escalating expectations of being the best we can be as we work to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.”

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About Northwood University
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP,, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,233 member campuses, 195 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 923 have achieved accreditation and more than 210 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 11,000.

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