St. Catherine University business programs awarded accreditation

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

Celebrating 32 years of excellence in global business program accreditation, ACBSP was the first organization to offer specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs, and the first to offer certificate accreditation. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs offered through the St. Catherine University School of Business meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. 

Based on the Baldridge Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support to determine whether or not the business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and demonstrate continuous quality improvement.

“St. Catherine University has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Steve Parscale, PhD. “This accreditation is evidence that St. Kate’s is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.” 

St. Kate’s is one of 16 Minnesota colleges and universities to hold the ACBSP accreditation, and one of only two private Minnesota institutions.

"This accreditation, which has long been a signifier of excellence, is a welcome recognition for our business administration programs at St. Catherine University," said Ben Whitney, JD, Dean of the School of Business. "Its addition to our legacy of women leaders in business is a point of pride for our students, faculty, and alumni, and only underscores how we deliver our mission to educate women to lead and influence."

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ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education, accrediting business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP currently accredits business programs at more than 1,200 campuses in 60 countries.