LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University’s accounting program and its business programs at the main and Clearfield campuses are officially recognized for their quality and commitment to standards set by an international organization.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) awarded LHU initial accreditation of its business and accounting programs, certifying that the teaching and learning processes meet rigorous educational standards.
“The accreditation process provides a framework within which we can evaluate our programs and benchmark what we do against standards of excellence” said Dr. Cori Myers, chairperson for the Department of Business and Computer Science. “I think our programs include many outstanding learning opportunities for our students and the business community which was affirmed by ACBSP’s decision to grant initial accreditation.”
The accreditation process was a comprehensive two-year undertaking that involved, not just faculty and administration, but students, alumni and the business community as well. All stakeholders engaged in examining the current business programs and putting steps in place to increase the excellent educational experience inside and outside of the classroom.
“Being accredited is wonderful news. I graduate in the spring and this will help ensure employers that I have received a quality education,” said Laura Clouser, an accounting and business student. “I had the opportunity of meeting with members of the accreditation council for a luncheon when they visited Lock Haven University. We discussed the process and our opinions of the business and accounting programs. It was a great experience, and I was honored to be included.”
The accreditation applies to the bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in business administration and the bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate, master and doctorate degree programs. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.
“Lock Haven University has shown a commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale. “This accreditation is evidence that Lock Haven University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for its students.”
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.