University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Awarded Accreditation of its Business Programs

January 2, 2014



OVERLAND PARK, KS, USA — The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff initial accreditation of its business programs.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the School of Business and Management at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

“The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Initial Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill.,June 29. “This accreditation is evidence that the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students.”

““I am excited about the School of Business and Management’s recent accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),” said Attorney Carla Martin, dean of the School of Business and Management. “ I am also very appreciative to all those – Dr. Alexander, Dr. Benjamin, Mrs. Thomas, Dr. L.A. Davis, Jr., University administrators and staff, SBM faculty and staff, SBM students and alumni, and our community partners – who put in many hours of their time in addition to their other responsibilities to help us achieve this goal.  Dr. Mirza Shahjahan is especially acknowledged for his role in this achievement.  Because of his dedication and leadership, we achieved the best possible outcome. “

According to Dean Martin, achieving accreditation by the ACBSP is critical in their efforts to further enhance the reputation of the School of Business and Management both internally and externally, to attract high-achieving undergraduate students, to garner research dollars, to attract and retain an engaged faculty who will continue to facilitate learning both inside and outside the classroom, and to increase the School of Business and Management profile on UAPB’s campus as well as on state, regional, and national levels.

“Congratulations to the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Business and Management!  Again, thank you to all those who supported our efforts in meeting the standard of this nationally recognized accreditation association.”

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. UAPB is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has program accreditation by several entities that include the National Association for Schools of Music, American Home Economics Association, International Association of Counseling Services, the National Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Industrial Technology. The institution is also a member of the American Council on Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Association of American Colleges, and the National Collegiate Honors Council.


ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP,, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,227 member campuses, 186 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 800 have achieved accreditation and more than 345 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 10,000. FAQs / Accreditation FAQs



Atty. Carla Martin — Dean, School of Business and Management

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

870-575-8577 — or

Melinda Dorning — ACBSP Communications Coordinator

913-339-9356 –