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Franklin Pierce University Granted IACBE Accreditation for Business Programs

August 13, 2014

image textFranklin Pierce University has been granted first-time accreditation status by the Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for its Business programs (Master’s and Baccalaureate) offered through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) and the College at Rindge. CGPS offers undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting-Finance, Management, and Marketing for the adult learner that can be taken either partially or fully online, and M.B.A. programs in Leadership, Energy & Sustainability Studies, Human Resource Management, Health Administration, Information Technology, and Sports Management. The College at Rindge offers undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees for the traditional student in Accounting-Finance, Management, Marketing, and Sports & Recreation Management.

Franklin Pierce University has been regionally accredited for quite some time by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for its institutional quality as a whole. The recent IACBE accreditation, on the other hand, focuses specifically on business and management programs, and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Dr. Edward French, Academic Director for the Business Division of CGPS, said, “I am very excited that Franklin Pierce’s Business programs were accredited by the IACBE. I think our programs are excellent, and now we have confirmation of that from an independent party.”

CGPS and the College at Rindge went through a rigorous self-evaluation process and a comprehensive, independent peer review. Compliance with the Accreditation Principles of the IACBE was demonstrated in such areas as curriculum, faculty, resources, outcomes assessment, strategic planning, internal and external relationships, scholarly and professional activities, and educational innovation. In addition, CGPS and the College at Rindge demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in their business programs and operations.

The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. Franklin Pierce University is honored to join the ranks of the institutions recognized by the IACBE.

Photo caption: Dr. Edward French, Academic Director for the Business Division of CGPS at Franklin Pierce University.


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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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