School of Management Accredited by IACBE

by Alicia Nestle

Nazareth College is pleased to announce that the Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) recognized Nazareth’s School of Management for achieving first-time accreditation. The announcement was made at the IACBE annual conference and assembly meeting earlier this year in Orlando, Fla., where they recognized the academic business units in nine colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

The School of Management (SOM) has undertaken a rigorous self-evaluation, has undergone a comprehensive, independent peer review, and has demonstrated compliance with the following accreditation principles of the IACBE: outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal and external relationships, international business education, and educational innovation. In addition, the SOM has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality.

“The School of Management prepares students to be responsible decision-makers who contribute sustainable value for themselves, organizations, and society,” says Gerard Zappia ’89G, dean of the School of Management. “This is accomplished through learner-centered programs that are global, ethical, and entrepreneurial in orientation.”

The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. Their 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. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses and more than 900 accredited programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The school has also recently added a B.S. in finance to its management programs. Finance students will develop a framework for evaluating capital investment decisions based on risk, cash flow, cost of capital, and required return on investment as well as an understanding of the mechanics of financial markets, investments, and portfolio theory. Students will also have solid internship opportunities, a rarity in this field of study.

“Job growth is strong in the finance field,” says Joseph DaBoll-Lavoie, Ph.D., professor of management and finance program director. “The Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 is reporting that careers in finance have anticipated growth of up to 30 percent through 2018.”

Alicia Nestle is the assistant director for multimedia and public relations in Nazareth’s marketing department.

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