Accreditation is a quality assurance process in which an institution, college or school of higher education voluntarily undergoes an independent appraisal of its educational activities.

Husson University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. IACBE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and accredits business programs world-wide.

IACBE Value Diamond

The IACBE's approach to accreditation is based on a W. Edwards Deming-Michael Porter framework for quality assurance. In this approach, the IACBE's definition of academic quality focuses on the "outputs" of the educational process instead of the "inputs" into the process, i.e., on the overall level of performance of the academic business unit in the context of its mission over the entire range of its activities and operations. Therefore, the IACBE evaluates academic quality in terms of educational outcomes instead of prescriptive standards relating to resources.

The IACBE's accreditation process examines whether students learned what they were supposed to have learned, whether the academic business unit is functioning effectively, and whether the academic business unit is accomplishing its mission and goals. IACBE is a developmental accreditation process that emphasizes efforts to improve the overall effectiveness of the academic business unit based on the Deming cycle of continuous quality improvement (CQI). The IACBE and its members function in a collaborative and cooperative manner to advance academic quality in business and management education. It enables and encourages academic business units to be innovative and diverse in determining how best to structure their programs, operations, and organizational frameworks (IACBE, 2013).

The following degrees in the College of Business are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in:
  • Business Administration (General)
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Financial Management
  • Individualized Program of Study
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Retail Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Financial Management/Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Individualized Program of Study/Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – International Business/Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management/Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Marketing/Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems/Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management/MBA
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

For more information on the International Assembly for Collegiate Business and Husson University, visit our Accreditations page.