Anderson University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Falls School of Business is further accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is an independent agency that encourages, promotes, and recognizes outstanding business education in undergraduate and graduate institutions. The organization focuses on colleges and universities that have the teaching/learning process as their primary mission. There are currently more than 430 member institutions in the United States and globally, of which approximately 261 are accredited baccalaureate/graduate institutions.
The Falls School of Business was accredited in 1994, the first member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to receive this prestigious accreditation.
The Falls School of Business has been a very active member of ACBSP, with former Dean Ken Armstrong serving eight years on the Board of Commissioners for the Baccalaureate/Graduate Commission and on the Board of Directors. As part of his service, he served one year as chair of the Baccalaureate/Graduate Commission, and four years as an officer of the Board of Directors, including one year as the president of the board.
Advantages of Accreditation
Specialized business accreditation is something that demands additional effort above and beyond what is required by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In fact, many MBA programs in the region do not hold specialized business program accreditation. The Falls School of Business at Anderson University has elected to maintain accreditation with ACBSP for a variety of reasons:
- Students are assured of the quality of their business programs.
- Membership in ACBSP provides the ability to host a chapter of the Delta Mu Delta honorary society, recognizing accomplishments of business students.
- Employers are assured that individuals who have attended an accredited institution have been exposed to a comprehensive and relevant curriculum.
- Employers can expect better prepared individuals.
- Society is reasonably assured of high-quality leadership from graduates of accredited programs.
- Society benefits from the increased productivity and international competitiveness resulting from quality business education.
- Faculty are assisted in obtaining adequate support for quality.
- The demonstrated pursuit of accreditation reinforces a commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and scholarship.
In the fall of 2003, ACBSP awarded reaffirmation of accreditation for the Falls School of Business without any qualifications, conditions, or notes. It is extremely rare for a business school to receive such a clean bill-of-health. The report provided a strong endorsement of the quality educational processes in place within the Falls School of Business.
Almost all Indiana business graduate schools advertise having some kind of accreditation. However, not all accreditations are the same. Some accreditations are general university accreditations, and some are business-specific accreditations. Anderson University and the Falls School of Business have both.