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Written by Sarah Shelley | Content Development Specialist

Good news for all business and accounting students at University of the Cumberlands (and all hopeful students for those majors as well!): the university has earned renewed accreditation status from the IACBE (International Accreditation Council for Business Education) for its business programs and accounting programs.

The programs were granted first-time IACBE accreditation back in 2017 and received continual accreditation since. Accreditation is granted annually and is contingent upon the accredited programs remaining in compliance with the principles and policies of the IACBE.

Lois McWhorter, an assistant professor and Chair of the Hutton School of Business at Cumberlands, said, “We are proud to again receive IACBE accreditation for our career-focused and student-centered programs. At Cumberlands, we continually seek to innovate, expand, and deepen our curricula to prepare students for ethical and competent business practice post-graduation. This renewed accreditation is the continual affirmation of our commitment to excellence. It is also important to recognize this successful IACBE accreditation was a team effort by all the faculty members in the Hutton School of Business.”

IACBE, founded in 1997, is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Per, this council is “the leading outcomes-based professional accreditation agency for business and management education in colleges and universities whose primary purpose is excellence in teaching and learning. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions with campuses worldwide and has accredited thousands of business and business-related programs worldwide.”

To qualify for accreditation, Cumberlands’ Schools of Business participated in a rigorous self-evaluation; underwent a comprehensive, independent peer review; and demonstrated compliance with IACBE principles, such as strategic planning, outcomes assessment, educational innovation, and more.

The programs also demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and excellence in business education, while working to advance academic quality in business programs and operations.

Undergraduate students at Cumberlands can pursue degrees in accounting and business administration in the Hutton School of Business, studying in a learning environment that prepares business decision-makers who are intellectually and professionally competent to lead in the global marketplace of the 21st century.

The university also offers graduate programs in business through the Robert W. Plaster Graduate School of Business, including master’s and doctoral programs. Learn more about what Cumberlands has to offer at