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Class Notes: Brenaus business program earns top accreditation
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Brenau University’s business program will join an elite international group after receiving an initial accreditation from a respected council.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, based in Kansas, is a “specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.”

“What business students look for in an institution is that their diploma will mean something once they get into the world,” said Bill Lightfoot, dean of the College of Business and Mass Communication. “This is an assurance of quality — that Brenau measures up to a higher standard in the business school world.”

About 5 percent of the world’s business schools have the ACBSP accreditation and fewer than 10 of the 70 or so master’s in business administration programs in the Atlanta area have the distinction.

“This really expands the relationships that we can have globally with other colleges and universities and strengthens the bond that our students can have with students from those institutions,” Lightfoot said. “Other institutions simply prefer to partner with peer institutions sanctioned by the same accrediting body.”

The university currently partners with three universities in China and is seeking to improve those relationships.
Two school officials recently visited the country to strengthen those ties.

Brenau currently offers M.B.A. and various bachelor’s degrees, including a bachelor’s in business administration and a B.B.A. in accounting.

“With some 2,400 business schools in the United States, ACBSP is an important distinction,” said Suzanne Erickson, associate dean for assessment and operations. “Whereas other accreditation bodies largely focus on the level of research performed by the faculty and advanced students at the institution, ACBSP hones in on the excellence in teaching at all levels within the institution.”

North Georgia's testing center receives 1st certification of its kind in the state

The Testing Center at North Georgia College & State University has been awarded a certification that no other testing center in Georgia can claim.

The National College Testing Association awarded North Georgia a Test Center Certification, based on the association’s standards and guidelines, developed to guide post-secondary test centers in the delivery of quality testing programs.

“I am pleased that North Georgia’s Testing Center has received national recognition for its adherence to professional standards of excellence and its commitment to service excellence,” said Dr. Patricia Donat, vice president for academic affairs.

The association’s membership includes 565 colleges and universities, as well as 42 test companies and organizations.

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