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Quality Is a Habit

In the week before the traditional American Thanksgiving holiday, we at Northwood University have much for which to be thankful. First, we learned Northwood University has been accepted for accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).This recognition represents more than simply an accrediting hoop to jump through or a mere compliance process. This is part of our ongoing quality journey. As a University focused exclusively on business education, achieving this business specialty accreditation is vitally important and part of our current Strategic Plan.

The goal of ACBSP is to recognize programs uniquely focused on teaching excellence and learning outcomes. Member universities possess the highest caliber standards, programs and methodologies. Today, ACBSP’s network makes it one of the leading accrediting bodies in the world. ACBSP was also the first to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and later, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Through the ASBCP accrediting process, we have systematically benchmarked our performance to drive toward global excellence as part of our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Priorities.

Special thanks go to Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and all the faculty and staff at Northwood University whose passion and commitment have made this achievement possible. And this couldn't have been accomplished without the dedication of Mick Thomas, our former Director of Institutional Effectiveness, who delayed his return to his home in Australia specifically to help us complete the necessary work to achieve this objective.  And our current and future students will benefit from the rigorous accrediting process that will enhance their educational experience and goals.

Earlier this week, we learned of the successes of two of our colleagues in attaining their advanced degrees. Marisa Toschkoff, Associate Director of Academic Records, will be conferred with her Doctor of Education degree in December, and Mamiko Reeves, Dean of International Programs, will receive her Doctor of Education degree in January.  Congratulations to both for their hard work and accomplishments!

Have a great weekend!


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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