Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Vincennes University is a proud member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Why is this important if you are looking into a business major?

  • Accreditation creates the impetus for relevancy and currency of faculty, programs, and courses to best serve students.
  • The pursuit of accreditation enhances the ability to serve students by assuring a focus on quality performance.
  • Accredited status requires an ongoing effort to provide excellent equipment, software, and learning resources for students.
  • Accredited status reaffirms the commitment to effective student services.
  • Students refer to accreditation status on resumes and in employment interviews.
  • Accredited status provides the ability to host a chapter of Delta Mu Delta or Kappa Beta Delta honorary society, recognizing accomplishments of business students.
  • Students who join these honorary societies can cite their special recognition when pursuing scholarships and writing resumes.

The VU accredited programs include Business Administration, Business Management, Accounting, Agribusiness, Administrative Office, Computer Programming, Computer Software Support, Information Technology, and the concentrations within the Information Technology major.

For more information, please contact Professor Mary Bowen at mbowen@vinu.edu or 812.888.4294.

 

List of ACBSP Accredited Degrees

Business Administration

Accounting

Agribusiness

Business Management

Supply Chain Logistics Management

IT Support and Cyber Security

Computer Programming Technology

Information Technology

Business Office Management Technology

General Studies, Business

 

Vincennes University

2017 ACBSP Accreditation

College of Business Program Completion Rates

Fall 2011 - Fall 2015 Cohorts

OVERVIEW
The table below shows the percentage of students who
completed their starting degree program. On-time completions (100%) include two (2) full academic years, i.e. degrees awarded from the entering fall through the second summer. Completions at 150% include three (3) full academic years, or degrees awarded from the entering fall through the third summer. All results include degrees awarded through Spring 2017, as degrees have not yet been conferred for Summer 2017. Note that full "time to completion" has not yet elapsed for Fall 2014 at 150% or Fall 2015 at 100% and 150%, so these results may increase.

Rates should be interpreted with caution as all program majors began with fewer than 100 students in a given fall cohort year, many of which had fewer than 25 students enrolled in the entering fall class.

 

    Completions at 100% Completions at 150%
Major   2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2011 2012 2013 2014
5050 Business Administration 5.6% 5.0% 8.4% 14.1% 7.7% 9.9% 6.7% 10.8% 16.5%
5100 Education / Business Concentration 0.0% - 0.0% - - 0.0% - 0.0% -
5250 Accounting 5.9% 0.0% 13.6% 25.0% 5.0% 17.6% 5.3% 18.2% 35.0%
5300 Agribusiness 17.6% 21.4% 31.8% 38.1% 25.0% 35.3% 35.7% 36.4% 42.9%
5360 Business Management 2.1% 5.0% 6.9% 6.1% 4.4% 4.2% 5.0% 27.6% 14.3%
5405 Supply Chain Logistics Management - - - - - - 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
5440 IT Support and Cyber Security 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 25.0% 11.1% 100.0% 50.0% 0.0% 50.0%
5450 Computer Programming Technology 0.0% 0.0% 15.8% 13.3% 6.7% 5.3% 5.3% 21.1% 13.3%
5451 Comp Prog Tech / Networking Concentration 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 16.7% 0.0% 100.0%
5510 Information Technology 5.0% 8.3% 16.7% 11.1% 7.5% 15.0% 16.7% 23.3% 18.5%
5590 Business Office Management Technology 0.0% 10.0% 21.4% 0.0% 27.3% 37.5% 20.0% 28.6% 10.0%
5900 General Studies / Business 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
  Total 5.1% 5.6% 13.1% 14.0% 9.6% 13.6% 10.7% 19.2% 19.5%

NOTE: If no students enrolled in a specified major completed a degree, the completion rate is reported as 0.0%. In cases where no students were enrolled in the cohort major, the "-" symbol is used.

 

SOURCE: Information provided by Institutional Research based on official data extracts.

 

Vincennes University

2017 ACBSP Accreditation

College of Business 

Fiscal Year Degrees Conferred
Major Description FY 2012-13 FY 2013-14 FY 2014-15 FY 2015-16 FY 2016-17
5050 Business Administration 42 39 35 36 43
5250 Accounting 21 25 24 24 15
5300 Agribusiness 10 12 28 19 23
5360 / 5400 Business Management 32 36 28 34 42
5405 Supply Chain Logistics Management 3 4 2 1 1
5440 IT Support and Cyber Security 8 2 2 5 6
5450 / 5451 Computer Programming Technology 16 10 16 10 14
5510 Information Technology 16 15 19 11 20
5590 / 5600 Business Office Management Technology 31 32 24 23 20
5900 General Studies, Business 16 7 10 8 7
  Total Degrees Conferred 195 182 188 171 191

All degree programs are Associate level. No degrees were conferred for major code 5100.

Degree counts are based on a Fiscal Year format (Summer, Fall, Spring), which follows Federal reporting methodology, and represent an overall count of degrees conferred in a given fiscal year, regardless when a student began the program.

SOURCE:  Information provided by Institutional Research based on official data extracts.

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Campus Safety

 

 

The College of Business and Public Service will provide a safe and secure campus environment by cooperating with the VU Campus Police Department, and Student Cadet System.

Annual Security Report filed by Campus Police which is available on The VU website.  As of the writing of this report, new infor-mation was only available for 2014 and 2015. The link to this site is in the evidence file.

Over the past 2 years, the Burglary offenses have decreased especially in 2015.  The alcohol offenses have decreased from 2013 and held steady and the drug offenses have also decreased signify-cantly for 2015.

Safety on VU campus is a concern as nationally the shooting tragedies have become sadly commonplace.  The 3 areas reported on this chart are very minor offenses compared to the major problems our society faces now.  The focus on campus has been made dealing with people entering classrooms/buildings meaning harm to people in general.  Safety initiatives include community oriented patrols covering all areas of the campus, an expansive Emergency Blue Light System covering many areas of the university campus, and a pro-active Crime Prevention Program designed to educate and inform all university personnel on “best practices’ to avoid becoming a victim. 

Since the 2015 Q/A Report, continued use of the Crime Alert warning system has been beneficial warning employees and students of offenses such as murder, sex offenses, robbery, motor vehicle theft, arson, hate crimes, etc.  These alerts are provided via the VU email system, Vu-EAlert Text messaging System, the VU website, and VU Radio and TV stations.  These alerts also include severe weather and hazardous materials incidents as well.

 

Distance Education offerings

Enhance Business and IT course offerings via alternative delivery methods to meet the needs of students

On an annual basis the College Dean, Department Chairs, faculty for the business programs, and the distance education coordinator determine which courses should be developed for internet-based delivery.  The number of courses varies according to student demand and faculty availability.

For 2013-14 total online enrollment in Business and Information Technology courses was 1,366.  For 2014-15 total online enrollment was 1,447—an increase of 6% over the 2013-14 year. For 2015-16 total online enrollment was 1,075—a decrease of 26% from the previous year.  For the 2016-17 year, total online enrollment was 1,218—an increase of 13% over the previous year.

The demand for online business courses is evident but overall numbers have been fluctuating each year as evidenced in the chart provided.  Support for Distance Education development is strong at Vincennes University.  Because there are fewer NEW online course offerings needed, the Distance Education area is continuing the focus on QUALITY of instruction and retention/success. According to their assessment plan, they will focus more on advertising their available free tutoring on their FB site, Twitter feed, sending email reminders and other methods to the students who enroll in online courses.  Assessment of the tutoring cohort has shown an 85% pass rate with grades (A-C) (see evidence file Co-Curricular Program Assessment Plan Fall 2015-Spring 2016 for more details.)

All Business and IT instructors have completed the Distance Education Blackboard course for instructors.  (This is a requirement for faculty to continue to teach online courses at VU). The Distance Education staff are continuing to implement activities to aid student success/retention including the Creation of an Online Student Orientation, giving students experience with online courses before the semester begins.  Also, Virtual Tutoring was piloted in 2015--with 6 part-time coaches and a program coordinator assisting with Blackboard Collaborate.   A Student Help Button  is now added to all online courses used to enhance student success.

 

Number of Graduates

The Business department will have at least 60 graduates per year.

 

The IT department will also have a minimum of 60 graduates per year. (this is a higher number from the 2015 report)

Degrees awarded by Department are reported from the Institutional Research Department at VU.  These graduates are from the Vincennes Main Campus, the Jasper Campus, Plainfield campus, and also some were students taking Distance Education courses exclusively.

The Business/

Manage-ment Department had an average of    126 graduates for the reporting years 2015-2017.  The Information Technology Department averaged 54 graduates for the same reporting years.

The Business/Management Department has averaged above the 60 graduate goal set, and the IT Department has seen a consistent number of graduates as well. Recent Indiana state requirements focus on increasing college graduation rates. Subsequent financial support has added an additional importance to the Vincennes University Administration regarding retention and graduation rates.  Success, as measured by the Indiana government, is strictly tied to graduating students for employment/transfer, no longer just considering FTE headcounts in classrooms for funding formulas.

Many of the IT students/AS graduates are deciding to stay at VU and finish their BS degree in Technology with an IT concentration.  This BS degree first became available in 2010-11.  Currently, the 300 and 400 level Information Technology courses are having enrollments averaging 15 students per section. The IT Department will continue to work to support this objective in having additional students receive their BS degree.

For the Self-Study Report both Departments will raise their graduation goals to 70 graduates per year (across Main Campus, Jasper Campus, Plainfield,  and online).