Iowa Wesleyan College will implement major revisions to its Accounting and Business Administration degree programs beginning next fall, according to Dr. Nancy Erickson, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“Revisions to the Accounting and Business Administration degree programs represent a major step forward in Iowa Wesleyan College’s efforts to renew its educational offerings. Restructuring these programs also helps support the college’s ongoing efforts to academically strengthen its programs,” said Erickson.
Dr. David Siebert, chair of the Business Division, points to the strengthening of the core business program that is at the heart of the two programs. “The core of these degrees is arguably one of the most comprehensive in the Midwest, including the University of Iowa and other large, state-supported universities. We are committed to preparing students well for their careers and we believe students graduating with one of these degrees will be highly qualified to work in today’s and tomorrow’s business environment.”
One of the program’s most distinguishing features is a requirement for business students to become Microsoft Certified Application Specialists prior to graduation. “In today’s tight job market, holding a Microsoft certification will help our students distinguish themselves from other job seekers,” said Siebert. “Our program will be as rigorous as those at larger schools in the area. It will also be increasingly relevant to the employers who hire our graduates.”
Students will also have more choices of study in their areas of interest. The Business Administration degree will offer options for concentrations in Accounting, Economics, General Business, Human Resources, Management, and Marketing. Students will also be able to choose the Division’s newly-revised Accounting major.
Erickson also announced that the Iowa Wesleyan College Division of Business will pursue accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
“ACBSP is the premier accrediting association for business schools and programs with a focus on teaching excellence. Once accredited, Iowa Wesleyan College will be one of only two, four-year business programs in Iowa to become accredited by the ACBSP,” she said.
“Having a strong department in business students’ areas of interest is important to our prospective students and having ACBSP accreditation helps provide evidence of the strength of our program,” said Siebert.