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April 15, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - A delegation of 10 individuals from Mongolia, representing various universities and government agencies, visited Northwest Missouri State University Friday to learn about the University, how it helps students succeed and how the institution measures that success.
The visit was part of a week-long tour of the Kansas City-area during which the delegation is visiting several colleges to learn more about how the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), http://www.acbsp.org/, conducts its specialized business accreditation process.
"They are here to observe our processes so they can go back home and implement some of them for themselves," said Ron DeYoung, executive liaison to the Board of Commission for ACBSP. "They identify best practices throughout the world and they come and benchmark those practices."
DeYoung served as dean of what is now the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies at Northwest from 1984 to 2004, when he retired from that position. DeYoung stayed at Northwest, teaching business management and developing quality management courses, until 2008. For ACBSP, DeYoung works with schools interested in becoming accredited.
"Developing countries - such as Mongolia, China, South America - in the last five years have shown a huge increase in interest in what accreditation does with programs in the United States, and they've all become interested in accreditation," DeYoung said. "So our efforts as we work around the world, groups like the Mongolia council are interested in having ACBSP explain to them about some of our processes so they can implement them in their country."
Meeting with the delegation, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski discussed some of the ways Northwest strives for excellence and measures its success. He noted Northwest is a four-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award, which is the state's highest honor for excellence in education, and it has claimed four team and individual national championships in the last 15 months, in football, cheerleading, wrestling and forensics.
"But as we talk about Missouri Quality awards and national championships, we also talk about academic excellence," Jasinski said. "I know the Mongolian National Council for Education is certainly focused on student success, and we have recently revised our mission statement to one sentence, ‘Focusing on student success - every student, every day.'"
Jasinski noted Northwest's freshman success (74 percent) and graduation (58 percent) rates exceed the levels of comparative institutions. Additionally, a recent survey showed 95 percent of Northwest graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Northwest's loan default rate (4.4 percent) also is among the lowest in the state.
Burmaa Jamiyansuren, who led the delegation and is vice president at the accredited Ider University, said the group was impressed with Northwest's mission and strives to emulate it at their universities.
"Our expectations are very high," she said. "We understand we need to do several things step by step. The first is our goals, second is a process, third is our results ... (Northwest's mission statement) is very familiar. You are focusing on students and real learning."
While in Kansas City, the delegation will attend portions of a meeting of the ACBSP Board of Commissioners for Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree-granting Schools, and will visit other colleges and universities in the Kansas City area to learn how ACBSP assists accredited members and members in candidacy for accreditation. ACBSP has 932 campuses in membership, including 521 accredited campuses and 331 campuses in candidacy for accreditation.
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