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  Avila University’s School of Business receives specialized accreditation  
  Kansas City, MO    
May 20, 2010

Avila University’s School of Business recently was awarded accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

The IACBE, based in Kansas City, granted specialized accreditation to Avila after the organization’s board of commissioners convened at its 2010 annual convention March 25-26 in Newport, R.I.

Programs accredited by the IACBE have been examined by trained evaluators who ensure that the organization’s standards are being met in eight key areas: outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal/external relationships, and educational innovation. The quality of the business programs are measured by the accomplishment of the school’s mission and broad-based goals, the effectiveness of student learning and the operational effectiveness of the business programs.

“I think the thing that’s most important is that IACBE accreditation provides a guarantee of a quality education to prospective students and their families,” said Richard Woodall, D.A., dean of Avila’s School of Business.

John Green Jr., president of the IACBE, noted that, “Accreditation is recognition that the School of Business programs at Avila University demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The IACBE is especially interested in the assessment of student learning outcomes. The accreditation process is one means of making certain graduates are well-equipped to excel in the business world.”

Avila joins a growing list of more than 225 IACBE member institutions throughout the world that support quality assurance in education. Woodall said his school put in “hundreds and hundreds of hours in self-study,” making sure the qualities of its programs met the IACBE criteria.

“It’s a good self-review,” he said, “and we’ll continue to work to raise our standards even further.”


About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.