May 08, 2013
Left to right: Accounting major Antoinette Mirdita of Putnam
Valley, NY; Professor Andrew Weiss, chair of the Mount’s business
division; master of business administration candidate Paul Ortiz of
Highland, NY; and Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount
Saint Mary College. Photo by Lee Ferris.
Mount Saint Mary College has received specialized accreditation
for its business programs through the International Assembly for
Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Lane
Road in Lexena, Kansas, USA.
The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by
- Master of business administration
- Bachelor of science in accounting/master of business
- Bachelor of science in accounting
- Bachelor of science in business management with concentrations
The IACBE is the leading outcomes-based professional accrediting
organization for business programs in student-centered colleges and
universities throughout the world.
The accreditation comes at the end of a year-long process of
self-study, in which Mount Saint Mary College examined and
documented every aspect of its academic business programs;
performed a comprehensive, independent peer review; and
demonstrated accreditation principles including outcomes
assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and
professional activities, resources, internal and external
relationships, and educational innovation.
Mount business faculty met the assembly’s standards for
excellence and are continuously improving the preparation of
students for career growth.
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College,
noted that the faculty has demonstrated a commitment to excellence
in business education, and advancing academic quality.
“To move from candidacy to accreditation in the span of one
calendar year has been quite an accomplishment by our business
chair and faculty,” said Fr. Mackin. “And our Mount students are
really accomplishing much.”
Iris Turkenkopf, vice president of academic affairs, and Mary
Hinton, vice president for strategic planning and institutional
effectiveness, helped in the assessment of the Mount’s academic
Education involves more than just class time, noted Andrew
Weiss, chair of the Mount’s business division. It also includes
experiential learning. Mount Saint Mary College accounting students
engage in internships and also provide free income tax preparation
assistance to individuals with low to moderate incomes through the
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Last fall, Mount students heard from entrepreneurs to discuss
their experiences in creating new businesses. This spring, students
learned the challenges of running family-owned businesses.
The MBA capstone project this year was doing business planning
projects for Continental Organics, an aquaponic farm in New
The Mount keeps programs relevant to the needs of the business
community, as well as the students, through relationships with the
Business Advisory Council and with organizations such as The Solar
Energy Consortium. This has made it possible to bring executives
and businesspeople to teach specialized courses on contemporary
One such course, on the business of renewable energy, will be
taught this fall by Carl Meyer, former CEO of Central Hudson Gas
& Electric, and Vincent Cozzolino, vice president of
At the Mount, technology, international vision, and modern
organizational science combine to prepare students for careers in a
global economy. With a liberal arts core, business students develop
critical thinking and communication skills to use in the fields of
management, finance, economics, and marketing.
In addition to its business accreditation, Mount Saint Mary
College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the
Middle States Association, the New York State Education Department,
the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and
the National Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S.
News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree
programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social
services, communications, media and more.