Accountancy Department makes history
July 31, 2009
The Accountancy Department at LaGrange College has major bragging
rights after getting word that it is the first – and only – department
in the world to earn accountancy accreditation from the Association
of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
Cindi Bearden, associate professor of accountancy and chair of the accreditation team, said it is truly a historic occasion.
“LaGrange College is the first school in the world to earn ACBSP
accreditation under the new accounting standards,” she said. “The
Business programs at LaGrange College, already accredited by ACBSP, were
reaffirmed at the same time.”
Bearden said the faculty, staff and students worked together to help the department earn its elite designation.
“We started this process three years ago,” she said. “Each one of us is
very proud of our programs and our students, and this recognition
belongs to everyone.”
The accreditation team visited campus the first week of March, and were met by something no one had expected.
“They got here the Sunday it snowed,” Bearden said. “Of course the
campus was closed, so we had to drive all of our documents to the
hotel, and had to rearrange everyone’s schedules. Who would have
imagined we would have snow – in March?”
The weather didn’t seem to affect how the site team viewed LaGrange College.
“This is the best self-study document I’ve ever seen,” one member
said. The group chose the College’s self-study as a “best practices”
ACBSP was established in 1988 and is the only business accrediting
organization for both associate and baccalaureate/graduate degree
institutions. It has more than 612 member institutions in 26
The executive director of the ACBSP said the accreditation is a
reflection of the College’s goal of providing the best education to all
of its students.
“LaGrange College has shown its commitment to teaching excellence by
participating in the accreditation process, achieving accreditation and
continuing the process of quality improvement,” said Douglas G.
Viehland. “This accreditation is evidence of LaGrange College’s
commitment to quality business and accountancy education.”
The designation certifies that the teaching and learning processes
within an institution meet the rigorous educational standards
established by the ACBSP. The ratification of accreditation by ACBSP
covers a 10-year period during which time LaGrange College must
continually reaffirm its superiority through quality assurance reports.