Business News: ACBSP Update, Honor Society and New Strategic Leadership Certificate

Aug 12, 2016 by University Communications

School of Business Works Toward ACBSP Accreditation 

ACBSP-LogoThe School of Business has attained candidacy status for accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and is beginning an exhaustive self-study of its degree programs.

ACBSP is internationally recognized as a leading specialized accreditation association for business programs, with more than 1,200 member campuses around the world. It was the first business program accreditor to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and, later, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACBSP will be assessing CalSouthern’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree programs.

“We applied for candidacy with ACBSP because its mission is closely aligned with that of CalSouthern’s, emphasizing teaching excellence,” says Dr. Gregory Herbert, dean of the School of Business. “Receiving accreditation would be another independent affirmation of the quality of the programs, the faculty and the school. We look forward to completing our self-study of the programs and to working with ACBSP through the accrediting process.”

Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society

The school has recently established a chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society for graduates of business management and administration programs. The society is affiliated with the ACBSP; business schools in candidacy status with the ACBSP may open chapters.

In addition to recognizing the graduate’s business acumen and academic achievement (a fantastic addition to any resume), Sigma Beta Delta membership has a number of other valuable benefits, too. Scholarships and fellowships are available, as well as networking opportunities and an invitation to participate in the society’s all-member conferences, which are held every four years and feature renowned speakers from the world of business, workshops/break-out sessions and networking events.

All graduates of CalSouthern’s DBA program and graduates in the top 20 percent of the BBA and MBA programs will be invited to join. More information about eligibility and the induction process will be available soon!

New Certificate in Strategic Leadership

Earlier this year, the School of Business introduced a new strategic leadership concentration in the MBA program. Now, it announces the availability of its Certificate in Strategic Leadership.

The ability to develop a fundamentally sound business strategy requires business acumen. Implementing those strategies require a separate set of leadership skills, from articulating a vision to achieving buy-in and guiding a team into action. These represent some of the skills and practical knowledge imparted by the new strategic leadership curriculum.

The certificate is designed for the business executive who is moving—or aspires to move—into a leadership position in an organization of any size and is looking to ensure their success. It’s a post-baccalaureate program; all courses are master’s-level. It’s an excellent option for those with a bachelor’s degree and even those who already hold an MBA, but are looking to specifically hone their leadership skills. For those who have not yet earned their MBA, credits earned in the certificate program can be applied CalSouthern’s MBA program, should they choose to continue their studies.

Topics covered in the new certificate program range from leadership communications and management to human resources, conflict management and effective team development, among others. 




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