STC attends ACBSP annual conference & reaffirmation of accreditation

Left to right, Dean of Business and Technology  Mario Reyna, STC professor of Business Administration Ms. Ana Valladarez,  STC Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anahid Petrosian, STC Program Chair of Business Administration (Careers) Rick Olivares

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MCALLEN, TX (July 11, 2017) – On Saturday to Tuesday, June 24-27, 2017, South Texas College was formally recognized for the reaffirmation of accreditation of the AAS Business degrees by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

STC Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anahid Petrosian, Dean of Business and Technology Mario Reyna, STC Program Chair of Business Administration (Careers) Rick Olivares and STC professor of Business Administration Ms. Ana Valladarez attended the ACBSP’s conference held in Anaheim, California.

The conference was informative with breakout sessions on teaching excellence, student career success and accreditation track. In addition, there were general meetings, committee work and festivities held for the recognition of institutions that either were receiving their initial accreditation and/or reaffirmation of accreditation. This specialized accreditation for our business programs distinguishes South Texas College as a premier institution providing additional value for our students and community.

ACBSP accredits quality business programs internationally at over 1,000 institutions. The accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The initial accreditation was received in 2006 for all AAS business degrees. A reaffirmation team was appointed in the Fall of 2014 from the Business Administration faculty to complete the self-study and secure accreditation.

The evaluator site visit was completed in September 2016 and notification was received in March 2017. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

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