Scott College of Business at Indiana State maintains prestigious accreditation

April 20 2011

The Scott College of Business at Indiana State University has again been recognized as one of the world's premiere business schools.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business this month announced that the Scott College has maintained its accreditation. The college is one of less than five percent of the world's business schools to earn the prestigious AACSB-International accreditation, said Dean Nancy Merritt. The ISU business programs first earned the recognition in 1980, and have continuously maintained the accreditation for more than 30 years.

"I am extremely proud of our faculty, staff and students for their on-going attention to excellence," Merritt said. "The accreditation announcement signals the continued high quality of our programs and follows extensive reviews and documentation of multiple areas of student and faculty achievements and contributions to their professions, research areas and the university."

ISU is among 620 schools in 38 countries that maintain AACSB-International accreditation.

"For students and faculty selecting a university, this accreditation signals the Scott College of Business and Indiana State University commitment to the quality and continuous advancement of our programs," Merritt said. "Strong, positive recognition by other universities, the media and industry is gained through the AACSB-International accreditation."

ISU's accreditation is for five years. Though the university works to renew the status in a rigorous five-year review covering 15 standards, the Scott College of Business maintains emphasis on the standards each year and files annual reports.

"This prestigious accreditation validates what we at Indiana State University know about the kind of asset we have in the Scott College of Business," ISU provost Jack Maynard said. "This recognition helps convey the strength of programming the college has to offer, as well as the kind of education that prospective business students can hope to receive."

A class in the Scott College of Business

AACSB accreditation seal

Contact: Nancy Merritt, dean, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University, 812-237-2000 or

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

University awarded 10-year re-accreditation

March 1 2011

Indiana State University has been re-accredited for a full 10-year period by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The action follows an 18-month self-study by the university's faculty, staff, administrators and students as well as a campus visit last fall by a nine-member evaluation team of faculty and administrators from other universities around the country.

In its 37-page report, the evaluation team praised Indiana State's efforts in such areas as public service, student success, and diversifying revenue in the face of declining state funding, largely via the ISU Foundation's first major capital campaign that is seeking to raise $85 million.

The report noted that community engagement is a central theme of the university's mission statement and that numerous community service programs have been established since the commission's last evaluation in 2000.

Evaluators called ISU's five-year strategic plan "ambitious," particularly in the area of student success, and recognized steps the university is taking to create a more diverse faculty that more closely reflects the diversity of its student body.

"The past decade has been a period of great challenges for Indiana State, but also of opportunity. Our faculty and staff have met the challenge of refocusing the university's mission amid an ever-changing higher education landscape. Their efforts at creating new opportunities in community engagement will help ensure that our graduates will play an active role in shaping the future of their communities," said ISU President Dan Bradley.

"We are pleased the Higher Learning Commission has recognized these efforts and appreciate the hard work of many throughout the campus in the self-study and in participating in the evaluation team's visit. I want to especially commend Nancy Rogers (associate vice president for community engagement and experiential learning) and Susan Powers (associate dean of the Bayh College of Education) for their tireless work as co-chairs of the self-study team," Bradley said.

Jack Maynard, ISU's provost and vice president for academic affairs, noted that the incorporation of community engagement into academic programs is a major component of Indiana State's new strategic plan.

"The commission noted that the university provided ample evidence of its interest in, and commitment to, bot Maynard said. "Indeed, the commission commended the university for the exemplary way in which it has forged a unique, distinctive identity."

The evaluation team's campus visit confirmed that a review of ISU programs that resulted in consolidation or elimination of some low-enrollment programs with greater emphasis on more distinctive programs has "resulted in real efficiencies and in fewer but stronger programs."

ISU "promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff and students, by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility," the evaluation team said. "The university uses a wide range of programming efforts to ensure that its students are prepared to succeed in a highly challenging, rapidly changing, and technologically, culturally, linguistically and ethnically/racially diverse society."

Rogers noted the commission's report singled out three areas of significant accomplishments: a committed faculty and staff, school spirit and pride, and valued leadership.

"We're proud to receive independent verification of what the campus community already knows - that we have faculty who are caring, dedicated and student-centered; that faculty, staff and students take great pride in the university and demonstrate school spirit; and the current administration has given the campus a new sense of optimism for the future and is highly valued by the campus," she said.

Steve Lamb, chair of the Faculty Senate, said there had been an optimistic environment on campus which had been fostered by President Bradley's inclusive attitude towards governance bodies.

"This climate has served as a catalyst to a progressive attitude among faculty," Lamb said. He also recognized the role of some of the faculty senators in accomplishing the self study review, especially the efforts of Robert Guell, professor of economics.

Media Contact and Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or


September 21 2010

Indiana State University's new master's degree program in physician assistant studies has earned provisional accreditation.

The action by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant serves notice to students, the public and the health care industry that the program meets established standards for education and evaluation. Provisional accreditation is required before a program can enroll students. A follow-up visit to determine continued accreditation will take place in 2012 or 2013.

The seven-semester Master of Science program addresses changing needs in health care and workforce shortages throughout the state and nation. It is part of the newly created department of applied medicine and rehabilitation in the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services.

"When the first class of 30 students begins classes in January, they can be assured this exciting new program has been thoroughly reviewed by health care professionals and educators from around the country. I commend the faculty and staff for creating this program and securing accreditation in such a short period," said Richard "Biff" Williams, dean of the college.

The ISU Board of Trustees approved the program in December 2009, followed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in February.

"The Wabash Valley medical community is partnering with the physician assistant studies faculty to provide excellent clinical education," said Heather Mata, associate professor and director of the program. "Our mission is to create an environment that engages students to become compassionate, competent physician assistants, who have the skills to contribute to the unique health care needs of rural and underserved populations."

Indiana State and its College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services are partners in the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative, a partnership of education, health care, economic development and government organizations that seeks to improve and expand education of health care professionals. The collaborative also works to promote the revitalization of Terre Haute by strengthening the community's standing as a leader in the development of innovative health care for rural areas.

Accreditation is a peer review process that includes documentation and site visits by evaluation teams. The process is designed to encourage sound educational practices and innovation and to stimulate continuous self-study and improvement,

The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Physician Assistant Education Association all cooperate with the Accreditation Review Commission to establish, maintain, and promote standards for education of physician assistants. Commission accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Contact: Heather Mata, associate professor and director, physician assistant studies program, College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services, Indiana State University,

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or


August 9 2010

Indiana State University's bachelor's degree program in mechanical engineering technology has been granted accreditation by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology).

"We are excited to receive ABET accreditation as a testament to the quality of our mechanical engineering technology program," said Brad Sims, dean of the College of Technology. "This action is the result of hard work by dedicated faculty and staff who have demonstrated their commitment to producing quality graduates who can apply the latest technology and engineering tools, adapt to rapidly changing technologies and meet the highest ethical and professional standards."

ABET is the internationally recognized accrediting organization for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET accreditation serves as assurance that a program meets quality standards set by the profession. ISU's mechanical engineering technology program was previously accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.

The program is housed in the new department of applied engineering and technology management, chaired by M. Affan Baddar, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology. An engineering design curriculum addresses design of mechanical tools, machines and products. A management component prepares graduates to manage the people, resources and systems related to mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and manufacturing.

About 80 percent of courses in the program are offered online through DegreeLink. "Courses are taught by full-time professors who have actual work experience in the field," Sims said.

ABET'S Technology Accreditation Commission recently met to act on program evaluations conducted during 2009-10 and approved accreditation of Indiana State's program retroactively to October 1, 2008.

Contact: Bradford Sims, dean, College of Technology, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3166 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or