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LWC business division earns reaccreditation

By Duane Bonifer

The Lindsey Wilson College Business and Computer Information Systems Division has been reaccredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The division's IACBE accreditation has been extended through 2020.

"This is great news to us because this affirms our business program and it also lays a groundwork for an exciting future," said LWC Business and Computer Information Systems Chair Linda McKinley-Grider.

The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is an outcomes-based professional accrediting organization for business programs at student-centered colleges and universities.

McKinley-Grider said the reaffirmation of Lindsey Wilson's IACBE accreditation speaks volumes to students and employers.

"This says to our current and potential students that you are going into a very credible program that has met accreditation standards, so you can feel assured that you are spending your money and investing your time in the right place," she said. "To an employer, the accreditation says that high professional standards have been set for our students, so they are prepared to transition into the workplace."

The LWC Business and CIS division allows students to major in accounting, computer information systems, human resource management, management, and recreation, tourism and sport management. It also includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, which offers students two competitions each school year.

To be accredited by the IACBE, a business program undergoes what McKinley-Grider called a "rigorous self-evaluation," followed by an on-site visit with a review team. The IACBE accreditation process calls for meeting nine principles, with a focus on outcomes-based education.

"During their on-site visit, we had to discuss each of those nine principles in detail," McKinley-Grider said.

McKinley-Grider said the IACBE's emphasis on outcomes-based education is especially beneficial for students.

"Education now is about not what you're teaching, it's about what students are learning and if you are achieving what you say you will achieve in your coursework," she said. "That was a very important part of this accreditation process. It took a lot of time, but it provided a lot of value to us as faculty."

Attention to innovation is also an important part of the IACBE accreditation process.

"The way we teach now is not like the way taught last year, nor will it be the way we teach next year," McKinley-Grider said. "We have to always be aware of innovative techniques that we can apply that will enhance and facilitate our teaching and the students' learning."

McKinley-Grider said that faculty are a big reason for the LWC division's success.

"From what we hear from our students and from the observations, we have well-credentialed faculty who are closely engaged with students," she said. "There is an attention to detail that you don't have at other places. The faculty want students to succeed, to learn, to graduate, to be the best possible employee out there, and we want them to be valuable alumni for us."

And students who major in the LWC Business and CIS Division also receive a great deal of real-world experiences.

"We are firm believers in the real-world experience," McKinley-Grider said. "It's one thing to sit in a classroom, but it's another thing to get out in the real world. So we like to give students a combination of both."

This story was posted on 2016-02-09 15:27:54
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2016-02-09 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer.
Students in the LWC Business and Computer Information Systems Division flanked by division chair, Linda McKinley-Grider, left, and Associate Professor of Business Trudy Morlino. From left: Girder, Morgan Johnson of Allons, TN; Hali Wheat of Columbia, Kayla Cordeiro of Cerritos, CA, Raul Mendez of Naucalpan, Mexico, Michael Robinson of Mabelvale, AR; Ignacio Huertas of Barcelona, Spain, Amy Brown of Lebanon, KY, and Patrick Adkins of Glasgow, KY, and Morlino.

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