TROY's Sorrell College of Business receives ACBSP accreditation

Posted: Thursday, 22 January 2009

TROY, Ala. -- Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business has been accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), bringing all of the University’s business programs under a single accreditation.

Founded in 1988, ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education and seeks to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement in business education.

The accreditation represents the first time that all of the University’s business program have come under a single accreditation. Previously, TROY’s business programs on the Troy, Montgomery and Dothan campuses were separately accredited by the organization. The College currently serves over 12,000 students and offers programs in 15 states and 7 foreign countries.

“Accreditation of our business programs is recognition of Troy University and the Sorrell College of Business’ commitment to providing a quality education for our students,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor. “This also marks a milestone as it is the first such accreditation on a worldwide basis since the University’s unification in 2004. This achievement is a credit to the leadership of Dr. Don Hines, dean of our Sorrell College of Business, and our dedicated faculty.”

Dr. Don Hines, dean of the Sorrell College of Business, said seeking accreditation as one unit was the natural progression.

“Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City campuses were due for reaffirmation of accreditation, so we went forward this time as the University as one unit,” Dr. Hines said. “All business programs at all sites are now fully ACBSP accredited. This is beneficial to our students because it says that our programs have been determined to meet the high standards of ACBSP, which is widely recognized and highly respected agency within the realm of business education.”

ACBSP commended the College of Business on the “strong leadership skills” demonstrated by deans, chairs and faculty within the college and also praised the involvement of faculty in the strategic planning process.

The association’s executive summary statement also commended the University for its support of distance education.

“The e-Campus has a strong support network to facilitate the online learning experience,” the report said. “The support unit has significant human resources allocated to its operation. Furthermore, the unit staff’s 24-hour access to a library specialist for students.”

Dr. Hines commended the work of Sorrell College of Business faculty for their work in the process.

“I want to express my appreciation to the group of faculty who worked on our self-study for the accreditation process and to Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Provost Ed Roach for their support throughout this process,” Dr. Hines said.