Four programs in Doane University’s ( College of Business received initial accreditation in mid-May from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a global business education accrediting body. The accredited programs are Accounting, Agribusiness, Business Administration and Master of Business Administration.

“We closely referenced ACBSP’s best practices when the College of Business was founded five years ago, and those best practices are applied to all programs across the board,” said Dr. Jennifer Bossard, dean of the College of Business and professor of economics.

Accreditation brings several benefits to Doane as an institution and to its students and faculty. Employers are able to tell at a glance that graduates have received a rigorous education and skills and knowledge needed by contemporary businesses. For students, it helps set Doane apart among other institutions, and tuition reimbursement from employers may be more readily available for accredited programs.

“A major benefit of having accreditation through the ACBSP is the networking opportunities. We’re able to see how other faculty and institutions are addressing changes, challenges and opportunities,” said Tracy Corr, assistant professor of practice and co-chair of Doane’s Accounting Department. An example is determining the role of AI in business education.

Doane University is the oldest private, liberal arts institution in higher education in Nebraska. Programs in the university’s College of Business are offered in Crete, Lincoln and online. For more information about Doane’s College of Business and the accredited programs, visit