NewsJul 10, 2018

Accreditors laud Lesley’s business program

Four-year business management programs recognized for high quality, rigor, teaching excellence

Students in classroom off-campus, with focus on one boy student sitting with hands folded on the table with a laptop in front of him.

Our Business Management offerings earned an important endorsement recently, as the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) awarded 10-year accreditation to the undergraduate program.

“This accreditation is evidence that Lesley University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students,” said ACBSP Chief Accreditation Officer Steve Parscale. “Lesley University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process.”

The 10-year accreditation follows a recent on-campus visit from the accreditation council as we continue to bolster our four-year Business Management undergraduate program and complete our development of a new MBA program.

Dr. Jonathan Jefferson, professor and Business Management division chair, says the accreditation by a global association of business schools and programs is a testament to Lesley’s commitment to quality and its distinct business program offerings.

“The ‘Lesley Management Experience’ is a four-year program that helps students gain valuable experience through internships, role-playing, simulations, case studies and group projects so that students develop the interpersonal and teamwork skills that are integral to any organization,” says Dr. Jefferson.

ACBSP awarded the accreditation based on our quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, educational supports and relationships with stakeholders, among other factors.

“Our students learn strategies for effective communications, solidify their appreciation and understanding of leadership, and discover the factors that affect their professional identity, character and global perspective,” adds Dr. Jefferson.

The program develops critical thinkers who are going on to careers in a wide variety of fields, such as business analytics, sales and marketing, insurance, new ventures/start-ups, retail management, and real estate.

“This accreditation affirms that Lesley has a strong programmatic foundation on which to move forward with graduate degrees in business,” says Dr. Steven Shapiro, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We have been developing a new MBA program along with an exciting set of graduate offerings that will allow for specializations in critical areas, such as not-for-profit management, analytics and the intersection of business and healthcare.”

The ACBSP’s full initial accreditation runs through 2028.

“Our students learn strategies for effective communications and discover the factors that affect their professional identity, character and global perspective.”
Dr. Jonathan Jefferson, Division Chair, Business Management