WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 15, 2017 — West Liberty University’s Gary E. West College of Business earned a renewal of accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) recently. The accreditation is valid for a full seven years, which is the maximum length of time for IACBE renewals of accreditation.
“We are pleased to report that the IACBE Board of Commissioners approved our request and found our undergraduate programs to be in compliance with IACBE principles,” said S. Michael “Mike” Turrentine, dean of the College of Business. “I also want to thank Craig Crow for his leadership on the accreditation team and excellence in reporting.”
Crow, who is an associate professor of management at the College of Business, served as the assessment coordinator and prepared the accreditation report and lengthy self-study required by the IACBE. He was notified of the accreditation in a letter, dated May 15.
The renewal was made at the IACBE Board of Commissioners’ April meeting in San Francisco.
According to the IACBE, “the Gary E. West College of Business at West Liberty University has undertaken a rigorous self-evaluation; has undergone a comprehensive, independent peer review; and has demonstrated compliance with the following accreditation principles of the IACBE: Outcomes Assessment, Strategic Planning, Curriculum, Faculty, Scholarly and Professional Activities, Resources, Internal and External Relationships, International Business Education and Educational Innovation.”
“In addition, the Gary E. West College of Business has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in its business programs and operations,” it stated.
College of Business programs include: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Health Care Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Management, Tourism and Event Management and the online MBA.
The IACBE was founded in 1997 and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Headquartered in Kansas, it is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. For more information, please visit iacbe.org.
West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education and offering nearly 70 undergraduate majors and 30 programs. Graduate programs currently being offered include the Master of Arts in Education, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, the Master of Professional Studies, the Master of Science in Criminology and the online MBA degrees. For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB or visit westliberty.edu.