School of Business joins Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs


Adams State University's School of Business has become a member of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), according to department chair, Dr. Michael Tomlin.

"I want to propel the School of Business to become recognized for teaching excellence and the strength of our programs," Tomlin said, adding this is the first step toward achieving full accreditation with the organization. "Our new membership in ACBSP strengthens our school and affiliates us with many fine small colleges and universities world-wide."

ACBSP is unique in providing an accreditation process that focuses primarily on teaching excellence and student learning outcomes. Tomlin expects the school will apply for accreditation candidacy in the next year or two. That will begin the self-study process leading to accreditation within 18-24 months, he said.

Tomlin, who specializes in organizational behavior, joined Adams State 15 months ago and has been impressed by the twelve-member faculty's engagement with their students through teaching and advising. They also have embraced professional scholarship. "We had three professors nominated for last year's ASU Presidential Teacher Award, and two winners: Dr. Zena Buser and Sheryl Abeyta," he said.

The School of Business offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in business administration, with emphases available in:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Health Care Administration
  • General Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Marketing
  • Small Business

Tomlin noted recent growth in the finance and agricultural business programs. "We will see more opportunities in health care administration. I want to position us as a regional flagship institution in this field," he said. The School of Business also offers degrees at a distance, as well as graduate programs in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL). For more information, visit:

By Julie Waechter