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Walden News // May 17, 2011

ACBSP Awards Walden University Initial Accreditation of its Business Programs

Minneapolis—May 17, 2011—The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Walden University initial accreditation of its BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and PhD in Management programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within Walden’s School of Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.

“Walden University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Initial Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Indianapolis on June 26. “This accreditation is evidence that Walden University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

“ACBSP accreditation is an affirmation, especially to Walden students and alumni, that our business programs meet exacting, internationally recognized standards for excellence in teaching and learning,” said Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden University. “Walden is honored to be named an ACBSP-accredited institution, and we take great pride in the acknowledgement that our students have access to quality, state-of-the-art degree programs.”

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Its standards are modeled on those of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is used by businesses, government and other organizations to continuously improve and recognize excellence. In 2001, ACBSP was recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ACBSP continues to grow, having recently added its ninth region to better serve member institutions in Latin, Central and South America. There are currently more than 932 member campuses representing 519 different institutions, including 142 member campuses from outside the United States. There are 520 accredited campuses and 331 campuses in candidacy for accreditation, including 372 baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institutions. ACBSP member institutions represent 48 different countries.

Walden’s School of Management offers a comprehensive range of degree programs online at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. These results-oriented programs are designed to help students advance their careers and immediately apply their understanding of management and leadership in the workplace. For more information, go to

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,