The Gary E. West College of Business is committed to exceptional quality in curriculum, instruction, and the development of students as professional and ethical business leaders.
Our guarantee of quality involves unceasing adherence to nationally recognized accreditation standards and attention to course-based assessment, as well as the recruitment and retention of qualified and committed faculty. Our accreditation and assessment programs are described below. Please visit our Faculty Directory to view our faculty’s wide variety of experience, credentials, and publications.
Accreditation provides assurance to students, parents, and employers that the courses and programs offered by a university meet established standards based on rigorous and continuous peer review. This assurance is so important that the accrediting bodies themselves are subject to review.
The Gary E. West College of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), a specialized accrediting body for business and business-related degree programs at the Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree levels in colleges and universities. In addition, the West College of Business is a candidate for accreditation by the Association for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Both accrediting bodies are recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and are described below in more detail.
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
The IACBE was founded in 1997 and is a leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business for student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.
IACBE’s World Headquarters is located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA, with offices in Paris, France and Bangalore, India.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.
ACBSP is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, USA.
To learn more, visit the ACBSP website. The Gary E. West College of Business expects to receive ACBSP accreditation in September, 2011.
In order to fulfill the Mission of the Gary E. West College of Business (To provide students with an environment that enables them to acquire the knowledge, skills, competencies, ethics and values necessary to make a positive contribution to society and the business profession and to grow both professionally and personally), the West College of Business developed and utilizes an assessment program to measure student outcomes. All students in the West College of Business participate in the assessment program.
Specific student outcomes, assessment tools, and assessment reports can be reviewed by visiting the Assessment Program page.