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Business Accreditation

Logo for Accreditaion Council for Business Schools and Programs

Degree programs in Accounting, Business, and Business Computer Systems and Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The ACBSP has been accrediting business education programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate levels worldwide since 1988.

ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

The ACBSP sets standards and criteria to assist member institutions in achieving performance excellence in business education. Through the process of self-study, on-site visitation and assessment these degree programs demonstrate their commitment to the six ACBSP standards: 

     1. Leadership  
     2. Strategic Planning 
     3. Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus 
     4. Measurement Analysis and Knowledge Management 
     5. Faculty and Staff Focus 
     6. Process Management

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

  • Benefits for the Community
  • Accredited status provides recognition of the ability to serve community stakeholders.
  • Accredited status provides recognition of the ability to serve community stakeholders.
  • Accreditation creates the impetus for relevancy and currency of faculty, programs, and courses to best serve employers. 
  • External advisory committees learn the importance of accreditation. 
  • External advisory committee members can transfer the accreditation process to their continuous improvement efforts.
North Hennepin is proud to have been the first two-year school accredited in Minnesota. NHCC has been accredited since 1993. Our most recent reaffirmation was in 2013.

Click on the links below to view portions of our most recent Quality Assurance Report:
       • Student Learning Results 
       • Business Unit Performance Results

Note: Some information on this page was taken directly from the ACBSP website.