ACBSP Awards HTC Initial Accreditation of its Business Programs

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Associate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Hennepin Technical College initial accreditation of its business programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the Business Division at Hennepin Technical College meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. “Hennepin Technical College has shown a commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale.  Hennepin Technical College was presented the Certificate of Initial Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference on June 29, 2014. “This accreditation is evidence that Hennepin Technical College is committed to providing the highest quality business education for its students.”


ACBSP hosted its 26th Annual Conference, “Engaged Learning in the Digital Age,” June 27-30, in Chicago, Illinois. Several MnSCU schools are either accredited or becoming accredited through ACBSP.  Attending this year’s conference was St. Paul College, Inver Hills Community College, Riverland Community College and Hennepin Technical College.  ACBSP staff conducted Mentor and Evaluator Training for 2 days prior in which Karen LaPlant and Joan Kieren participated from Hennepin Technical College. Karen LaPlant and Joan Kieren were also inducted into the Kappa BetaDelta Honor Society.


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)  ACBSP is dedicated to improving the quality of business schools and programs around the world, and ultimately to improving the practice of business in every industry around the world.   ACBSP offers programs, services, and an accreditation process uniquely focused on teaching excellence and student learning outcomes. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree levels worldwide. Technology surrounds us — both inside and outside the classroom — and has forever changed the way students learn, faculty teach, and businesses operate. Business educators are utilizing digital advances to engage students and enhance their business programs. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education.   For more information visit:

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