Colby-Sawyer College’s Business Administration and Health Care Programs Awarded Accreditation

Colby-Sawyer College has been awarded a 10-year initial accreditation of its baccalaureate programs in business administration and health care management by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), an award-winning accreditation association in business education.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs and degrees offered through the Business Administration Department at Colby-Sawyer College meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

Based on the criteria of the National Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award, ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of the institutional leadership, strategic planning processes, relationships with the community, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials and services, and educational support to determine if the institution offers a rigorous educational experience and demonstrates continuous quality improvement.

“Colby-Sawyer College has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Dr. Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Accreditation at the 2016 ACBSP Conference in Atlanta. “This accreditation is evidence that Colby-Sawyer is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

According to Bill Spear and Christopher Kubik, associate professors of Business Administration, ACBSP accreditation confirms the quality of Colby-Sawyer’s programs and the benefits students will realize through this effective, efficient and engaging learning environment.

“The fact that we received approval on our first application is an important external validation of the quality of our business program,” said Deborah A. Taylor, academic vice president and dean of faculty. “It assures prospective students that they will develop the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary for future success through their studies at Colby-Sawyer.”


Established in 1998, the ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.

ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.