Craven Community College (CCC) recently received a 10-year accreditation for several associate degrees from the Association Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). CCC is one of only two North Carolina community colleges to achieve this accreditation. As the first to be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, ACBSP is the only association that accredits business, accounting and business-related programs at all degree levels, including associate, baccalaureate, master and doctorate.
“The ACBSP accreditation of our business and IT programs speaks to our values of quality and academic excellence,” said Dr. Catherine Chew, CCC president. Chew said seeking accreditation is intensive and time-consuming and appreciated the effort that faculty and staff devoted to the process.
The following associate in applied science degrees were accredited: Business Administration, Business Administration: Operations Management, Computer Technology Integration: Business Applications, Computer Technology Integration: Cyber Security, Computer Technology Integration: Data Support Systems, Computer Technology Integration: IT Support, Computer Technology Integration: IT Support: Medical, Computer Technology Integration: Network Management, Computer Technology Integration: Software and Web Development, and Entrepreneurship.
“The ACBSP accreditation affirms the high caliber of instruction at Craven and opens up opportunities for more articulation opportunities with four-year universities,” said Diane Tyndall, chair of business, technology and education programs. Tyndall said Chew had the vision for CCC to seek this accreditation shortly after she began as president in 2008. Once CCC applied to be considered, the accreditation process took about two years.
Tyndall said, “We achieved this accreditation to a large degree because of the quality of our full-time and adjunct faculty.” She said CCC’s faculty bring vast knowledge and experience to their classrooms, and they help students gain the important skills sought by industry.
“The ACBSP committee was also impressed with CCC’s information technology and business industry partners.” They are Chris Romano, Ward & Smith; Dennis Holton, Craven County; Lee Jones, City of New Bern; Terry Jackson, CarolinaEast Health System; Joe Poole, Intrasource; Charles Parker, HCH Enterprises; Joey Jones, Chick-Fil-A; Cindy Blot, City of New Bern; Rick Hemphill, Craven County; Chris Bailey, Craven County Schools; Mary Hall, James Briley, CPA; Lori Silverthorn, SECU; David Stroud, BB&T; Cindy Batten, BSH Home Appliances Group; Teresa Allen, Marine Corps Community Services, Nancy Wheeler, World Fashions; Kevin Page, Edward Jones; and Tammy Childers, East Carolina Workforce Development Board.
Career Programs Dean Jim Millard said, “Accreditation is an indicator of a competitive academic program. We strive to prepare our students to be the best they can be for college transfer or to enter the workforce.”
For more information about our business degree programs, contact Tyndall at (252) 638-7326.
CCC has offered business courses for over 50 years. Around 1967, it began offering three associate degrees, one of them in business administration. In 1999, business administration was the first associate degree program to offer a fully-online degree option. For more about CCC’s 50th anniversary, go to Craven Magazine.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.