Saint Martin’s business program has recently earned accreditation by the Accrediting Council of Business Schools and Programs, a national accrediting organization.
The business program accreditation affirms that the practices and procedures of Saint Martin’s School of Business fall within standard guidelines followed by other American and international business schools. In a process that spanned several years, the School of Business submitted a self-study report to ACBSP, which included three semesters’ worth of data. During the past academic year, ACBSP commissioners visited Saint Martin’s campus and verified that the business program meets national standards.
The accreditation affirms the educational value of the Saint Martin’s School of Business, which combines academic coursework with hands-on experience. “All of our faculty has real-world business experience,” says Nicole Phillips, executive assistant to Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business. “They’ve worked (or consulted) in marketing firms, as operations managers and accountants. This helps students understand how their textbook knowledge can be applied in the business world.”
The Saint Martin’s business program is known for engaging students in projects that directly impact the community. For example, the MBA 631 Operations Management course worked with the Capital Food and Wine Festival Board to streamline processes such as door entry and volunteer sign-up and satisfaction. This year, several marketing students worked with the city of Lacey to develop and coordinate marketing efforts as part of plans to celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary.
In addition, the School of Business hopes its students leave with a sense of social and ethical responsibility, to themselves and the business world. “Many of our students go on to work at Fortune 500 companies or to be small business owners,” says Philips. “The education they receive at SMU is flexible enough to where the sky is the limit!”
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Richard Beer, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business
Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager, Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University