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Business degree programs awarded accreditation

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A leading specialized accreditation association for business education recently awarded accreditation to Hood College's business programs.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners certified that the teaching and learning processes of the College's management programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by that organization. Steve Parscale, director of accreditation, will present the certificate of accreditation to Hood at the ACBSP annual conference in Baltimore in June.

"The recent national accreditation of the undergraduate and graduate business programs at Hood College by the prestigious ACBSP makes a powerful statement about the level of excellence attained by our programs," said Ronald J. Volpe, president of Hood College. "It is a tribute to the our world-class business faculty and will add value to graduates of the business programs for many years to come. As the only business programs in the region that have attained this accreditation, the entire Hood College community applauds this exceptional accomplishment."

The accreditation is the result of a three-year process that was spearheaded by Anita Jose, Ph.D., professor of management and director of the M.B.A. program, and David Gurzick, assistant professor of management. "This recognition enables us to take our business programs to the next level," said Jose. "It is a reflection of the department's continuing dedication to offering an educational experience that is personally enriching and professionally rewarding, and a confirmation of our commitment to students and continuous improvement of educational process management."

The newly accredited management programs include the bachelor's degree in management with concentrations in finance, business administration, human resource management, accounting, international economics and finance and marketing; within the master of business administration program, concentrations in accounting, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing and public management are offered, as well as a focus area in regulatory compliance.

At Hood, more students are enrolled in the management programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels than in any other major or degree program. From 2006 to 2011, the number of students graduating with bachelor's degrees in management has more than doubled; the number of students graduating with master of business administration degrees has increased by 38 percent.

ACBSP supports, celebrates and rewards teaching excellence. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP has 1,051 member campuses, 154 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 353 have achieved baccalaureate and graduate accreditation. ACBSP's nine regions represent 44 different countries.