Walden University Earns ACBSP’s Silver Achievement Award
Minneapolis—April 9, 2020—Walden University is pleased to announce its College of Management and Technology (CMT) and School of Management has earned a Silver Achievement Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Walden is the first recipient of this award, which is given to institutions for demonstrating performance excellence and serving as a role model for excellence in higher education.
“This award is a testament to the excellent education our students receive and our faculty and staff’s dedication towards providing a high-quality online education,” says Dr. Marilyn Powell, Walden CMT vice provost. “For 50 years, Walden University has been a leader in distance education and online learning, and we’re proud to be the first to receive the ACBSP’s Silver Achievement Award.”
The award is part of the ACBSP’s Accreditation Next program, which offers tiers above standard accreditation, including Bronze, Silver and Gold. Previously, the tiers were referred to as Accreditation Plus, Platinum and Diamond, where Walden was the first recipient of the Accreditation Plus Award (Bronze). The Accreditation Next program benefits from a unique relationship with the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence, where a higher level of accreditation is earned by completing a Baldrige-based application to demonstrate an organization’s performance excellence. This process can also be a steppingstone to state and national Baldrige recognition.
"Walden University is a role model for excellence in higher education," says Dr. Steve Parscale, ACBSP chief accreditation officer. "I'm excited to be a partner on this journey with Walden’s College of Management and Technology as they continue to improve academic quality."
In addition to the Silver Achievement Award, Walden has six ACBSP-accredited programs, including the BS in Business Administration, BS in Accounting, MS in Accounting, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and PhD in Management. Walden’s BS in Accounting and MS in Accounting programs have also earned ACBSP’s Separate Accounting Accreditation.
About Walden University
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, Walden University was founded to support working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and communities. Students from across the U.S. and more than 150 countries are pursuing a certificate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree online at Walden. The university offers more than 80 degree programs with over 350 specializations and concentrations. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, hlcommission.org. For more information, please visit WaldenU.edu.
ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence in the accreditation of business education programs throughout the world. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. ACBSP currently accredits business programs at more than 1,200 campuses in 63 countries. For more information, please visit acbsp.org.
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