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Accreditations and Approvals

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business is accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Types of accreditation

It is very important to choose a college that is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Nationally and regionally accredited institutions accredited by those recognized organizations have all met the same standards of quality (listed below), and are eligible for federal loan and grant programs. Accreditation is a voluntary process.

Standards of quality

  • Student achievement in relation to the institution's mission. The mission of our school states, “We will demonstrate We Care by preparing career-focused, community-minded graduates for the global workforce.” To meet that mission, we must demonstrate that a high percentage of our graduates are employed in their fields of study. 
  • Curricula
  • Faculty. In keeping with our mission, faculty in areas other than general education have field experience in their areas of instruction.
  • Facilities, equipment and supplies
  • Fiscal and administrative capacity as appropriate to the specified scale of operations
  • Student support services
  • Recruiting and admissions practices, academic calendars, catalogs, publications, grading and advertising
  • Measures of program length and the objectives of the degrees or credentials offered
  • Record of student complaints received by, or available to, the agency
  • Record of compliance with the institution's program responsibilities under Title IV financial aid standards

Accreditation may affect employment and transfer of credits

Attending an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is often a requirement for employment and can be helpful in transferring academic credits to another institution (U.S. Department of Education).  However, it is always the decision of the receiving institution whether to accept transfer of credits. That decision may or may not involve accreditation.

History of national and regional accreditation

Historically, nationally accredited institutions offered career-oriented and technical training, while regionally accredited institutions offered liberal arts education.
Today, the distinction is not as clear. Many career-focused institutions enhance their technical training with general education and award doctor's, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees in addition to technical diplomas and certificates. Many regionally accredited institutions now offer direct-to-employment programs such as business administration and paralegal science.

The measurements used to assess quality by a national accrediting organization such as ACICS stress measurable outcomes including retention, graduation and placement rates; professional experience of faculty; and practical experience provided by programs.  

Assessment of an institution by a regional accrediting body such as North Central Association may, in expecting the institution to achieve its own mission, be couched in terms of the student's philosophical perspective and self-enrichment rather than employment.

What is ACICS?

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) was formed in 1912 as a national accrediting body for post-secondary institutions that primarily offered business and business-related programs of study. ACICS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Programmatic accreditation

Minnesota School of Business/Globe University Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science degree programs at the Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Eau Claire, Elk River, Green Bay, La Crosse, Lakeville, Madison East, Madison West, Moorhead, Plymouth, Richfield, Rochester, Shakopee, Sioux Falls, St. Cloud, Wausau, and Woodbury campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Globe University-Appleton is seeking accreditation from ABHES for its medical assistant program.

Veterinary technology programs at the Minnesota School of Business/Globe University Appleton, Blaine, Eau Claire, Elk River, Green Bay, La Crosse, Lakeville, Madison East, Madison West, Moorhead, Plymouth, Shakopee, Sioux Falls, St. Cloud, Rochester, Wausau, and Woodbury campuses are accredited by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Approvals

  • All programs listed in this catalog are approved by the Minnesota State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Education, the South Dakota Department of Military and Veterans Affairs State Approval Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs State Approval Agency.
  • Globe University campuses located in Wisconsin are approved to operate by the State of Wisconsin.
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Minnesota School of Business-Richfield is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202-887-6791). The RN to BSN program is also accredited by CCNE.

Accredited by the following organizations

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, Associate in Applied Science degrees, Bachelor of Science degrees and Master’s degrees.1
  • The Globe University/Minnesota School of Business Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science degree programs at the Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Eau Claire, Elk River, Green Bay, La Crosse, Lakeville, Madison East, Madison West, Moorhead, Plymouth, Richfield, Rochester, Shakopee, Sioux Falls, St. Cloud, Wausau, and Woodbury campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North, Falls Church, VA 22043, 703-917-9503.
  • The Minnesota School of Business/Globe University veterinary technology programs at the Blaine, Eau Claire, Elk River, La Crosse, Lakeville, Madison East, Madison West, Moorhead, Plymouth, Shakopee, Sioux Falls, St. Cloud, Rochester, Wausau, and Woodbury campuses are accredited by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as programs for educating Veterinary Technicians.1

Registration

  • Globe University (Woodbury and Minneapolis locations only) and Minnesota School of Business are registered 1 as private institutions with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Registration does not mean credits earned at the institution can be transferred to all other institutions. 

Memberships

Partnerships

Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)

More information about college programs

If you are interested in one of our college programs, or have any other question, please contact our admissions office . We have locations throughout the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), iin greater Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

1 Evidence of the institution’s accreditation or license is on display at the campus

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