The University of Minnesota Crookston’s business department recently was granted official accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). It joins the ranks of 1,200 member campuses globally to be accredited.

    In addition to attaining regular accreditation for the eight business degree programs, the university also received separate accreditation for the Accounting degree program, which makes UMN Crookston one of only two universities in the state of Minnesota (the other being Walden University) with this separate accreditation.  

    Kevin Thompson, Unit Head for the Business and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Departments, underscored the significance of receiving the ACBSP accreditation. “Our department and campus have always had a strong focus on quality and continuous improvement to benefit our students in preparing them for their future careers. Being a part of ACBSP will bolster our efforts and bring us to a new level of teaching and learning excellence,” he said.

    “University of Minnesota Crookston has shown its commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Steve Parscale. By going the extra step to add accounting accreditation, Parscale said that UMN Crookston is proving a “deep commitment to providing the highest quality business education” for its students.

    Thompson said that ACBSP accreditation offers resources, best practices, and connections with member colleagues that will benefit students and the university.