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Purpose and Mission

The purpose of the Business Administration Department is to provide a structure and environment in which the student can develop basic skills, acquire a knowledge of the discipline, expand the ability to understand complex business situations, and achieve a level of overall maturity and sophistication expected of a business professional.

The department is continually re-evaluating its program and activities toward the end of attracting and retaining more students in business.

Areas of Concentration

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the BSBA degree programs a student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and articulately in written, oral and electronic form as appropriate for business functions.
  2. Think critically about business issues, theory, and application.
  3. Use effective human relationship skills to work in a diverse culture and function positively in a team environment.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to identify what information is needed and how to obtain this information through appropriate technology, evaluating the quality and relevance of the sources, and using the information effectively and ethically.
  5. Evaluate business problems, gather, manipulate and interpret data, analyze alternatives, decide on most effective solution, implement solution and monitor results for continuous improvement

ACBSP Accreditation

The Business Department has received an additional academic accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ACBSP is a specialized accrediting organization that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs.  Accreditation by ACBSP is based on an independent evaluation of an institution’s business school or program by a group of professionals, which include faculty and academic administrators in the field of business.

This additional accreditation provides the following benefits:

Benefits for the Institution

  1. The pursuit of accreditation reinforces a commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and scholarship.
  2. The process of preparing an accreditation self-study enhances the focus on quality of student learning and renews a commitment to the educational mission.
  3. The recognition of effective business units through accreditation contributes to a more positive review by regional accreditors, as specialized accreditation is a confirmation of quality programming in specific divisions.
  4. Accredited status creates greater visibility for the institution.
  5. Accreditation provides prestige and credibility when seeking funding resources from donors, foundations, governments.
  6. In some states accredited status counts heavily in performance-based funding.
  7. Accreditation leads to more successful articulation of business credits.
  8. The accredited institution can utilize press releases to advertise accreditation status.
  9. Accredited status is printed in the college catalog.
  10. Accredited status is printed on business cards.
  11. Accredited status is posted on the college website.
  12. Accreditation provides a sense of pride within the institution.

Benefits for the Business Unit

  1. Accreditation creates a process for continuous departmental improvement.
  2. Accreditation provides the impetus for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Accreditation keeps the programs current through curriculum development.
  4. Accreditation provides a forum for review and analysis of the business unit.
  5. Accreditation promotes an outcomes assessment process linking goals, activities, and outcomes.
  6. Accreditation creates guidelines for faculty credentials, which leads to higher standards in hiring, increased scholarly and professional activities, and more focused faculty development decisions.
  7. Accreditation creates guidelines when structuring programs.
  8. Accreditation provides a platform to share ideas and to question the status-quo, leading to effective change.
  9. Accreditation is a source of pride among program faculty and staff.
  10. Accreditation validates quality of work in the business unit.
  11. The business unit realizes greater local prestige through accreditation.
  12. Accreditation provides leverage when seeking on-campus resources.
  13. Accredited status leads to more effective acquisition of technology.
  14. Accreditation status is referenced when submitting budgets, grant proposals, and course/program proposals.
  15. Accredited status assists in recruitment of faculty.
  16. Accreditation activities are communicated to the Board of Trustees.
  17. Accredited status is printed on Business Division stationery.
  18. Accredited status is printed on course syllabi.
  19. The certificate of accreditation is prominently displayed.
  20. Accredited status is printed on brochures and newsletters.

Benefits for Faculty and Staff

  1. Accreditation provides a sense of pride within the business faculty and staff when national peers have validated a program.
  2. Faculty at accredited institutions are provided opportunities to keep current in quality procedures through seminars such as Baldrige training.
  3. Faculty experience a boost of self-esteem when teaching in an accredited business unit.
  4. Accreditation provides professional development and leadership opportunities for faculty and administrators in development of outcome assessments and conducting site visits to other institutions.

Benefits for Students

  1. Accreditation creates the impetus for relevancy and currency of faculty, programs, and courses to best serve students.
  2. The pursuit of accreditation enhances the ability to serve students by assuring a focus on quality performance.
  3. Accredited status requires an ongoing effort to provide excellent equipment, software, and learning resources for students.
  4. Accredited status reaffirms the commitment to effective student services.
  5. Students refer to accreditation status on resumes and in employment interviews.
  6. Accredited status provides the ability to host a chapter of Delta Mu Delta or Kappa Beta Delta honorary society, recognizing accomplishments of business students.
  7. Students who join these honorary societies can cite their special recognition when pursuing scholarships and writing resumes.

Benefits for the Community

  1. Accredited status provides recognition of the ability to serve community stakeholders.
  2. Accreditation creates the impetus for relevancy and currency of faculty, programs, and courses to best serve employers.
  3. External advisory committees learn the importance of accreditation.
  4. External advisory committee members can transfer the accreditation process to their continuous improvement efforts.

 

ACBSP Reports

2008-2009 Quality Assurance Report

ACBSP Response from 2008-2009 Quality Assurance Report

WVSU Report Requested 2011

ACBSP Response Jan 2012

 

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