Mount Saint Mary College Earns IACBE Accreditation - Daily Hudson Valley News

Mount Saint Mary College Earns IACBE Accreditation

May 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Mount Saint Mary College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Lane Road in Lexena, Kansas, USA.

The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

–          Master of business administration

–          Bachelor of science in accounting/master of business administration (5-year)

–          Bachelor of science in accounting

–          Bachelor of science in business management with concentrations in

o   finance

o   marketing

The IACBE is the leading outcomes-based professional accrediting organization for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.

The accreditation comes at the end of a year-long process of self-study, in which Mount Saint Mary College examined and documented every aspect of its academic business programs; performed a comprehensive, independent peer review; and demonstrated accreditation principles including outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal and external relationships, and educational innovation.

Mount business faculty met the assembly’s standards for excellence and are continuously improving the preparation of students for career growth.

Mount Saint Mary College Business Department

Left to right: Accounting major Antoinette Mirdita of Putnam Valley, N.Y.; Professor Andrew Weiss, chair of the Mount’s business division; master of business administration candidate Paul Ortiz of Highland, N.Y.; and Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College. Photo by Lee Ferris.

Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College, noted that the faculty has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality.

“To move from candidacy to accreditation in the span of one calendar year has been quite an accomplishment by our business chair and faculty,” said Fr. Mackin. “And our Mount students are really accomplishing much.”

Iris Turkenkopf, vice president of academic affairs, and Mary Hinton, vice president for strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, helped in the assessment of the Mount’s academic business programs.

Education involves more than just class time, noted Andrew Weiss, chair of the Mount’s business division. It also includes experiential learning. Mount Saint Mary College accounting students engage in internships and also provide free income tax preparation assistance to individuals with low to moderate incomes through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Last fall, Mount students heard from entrepreneurs to discuss their experiences in creating new businesses. This spring, students learned the challenges of running family-owned businesses.

The MBA capstone project this year was doing business planning projects for Continental Organics, an aquaponic farm in New Windsor, N.Y.

The Mount keeps programs relevant to the needs of the business community, as well as the students, through relationships with the Business Advisory Council and with organizations such as The Solar Energy Consortium. This has made it possible to bring executives and businesspeople to teach specialized courses on contemporary issues.

One such course, on the business of renewable energy, will be taught this fall by Carl Meyer, former CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and Vincent Cozzolino, vice president of Falatech.

At the Mount, technology, international vision, and modern organizational science combine to prepare students for careers in a global economy. With a liberal arts core, business students develop critical thinking and communication skills to use in the fields of management, finance, economics, and marketing.

In addition to its business accreditation, Mount Saint Mary College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, the New York State Education Department, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media and more.


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