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Saint Mary’s celebrates two program reaccreditations

December 13, 2018

Campus Notes News

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is celebrating the reaccreditations of two programs, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) graduate program and the undergraduate School of Business.

The MFT program recently received formal notice of reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The program achieved the highest possible outcome — seven years of COAMFTE reaccreditation with zero stipulations.

“In 2018, there were 16 programs reaccredited by COAMFTE. Only three master’s degree programs, ours included, earned seven years with zero stipulations on accreditation,” said Samantha Zaid, Saint Mary’s MFT program director.

“It’s an exciting result that really shows the quality of the program and the wonderful community we are part of at Saint Mary’s,” she added. “From the application experience, student services, student resources (such as the Library and Writing Center), exceptional course-contracted faculty, quality community partnerships, and inspirational students, this achievement was earned by every person who makes this program great.”

The Saint Mary’s undergraduate School of Business also recently received reaccreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

At a recent ceremony celebrating IACBE reaccreditation, Father James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., president of Saint Mary’s noted that the undergraduate School of Business should be proud of its excellence in teaching, curriculum design, and operational effectiveness, as reflected in the strong endorsement from IACBE.

“IACBE reaccreditation reflects the department’s ongoing commitment to offering high quality programs that provide tangible results to our learners,” said Derek Jackson, Saint Mary’s Business Department chair and associate professor.

Dr. Tom Marpe, Saint Mary’s Business and Technology dean, thanks Jackson; Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson, business professor; Tammy Pape, administrative assistant; and all the business faculty members for their efforts in writing the self-study and preparing for the site visit.

Photo caption: Posed from left, Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson, business professor; Dr. Tom Marpe, Business and Technology dean; Derek Jackson, Business Department chair and associate professor; and Father James P. Burns, president.