The United States Sports Academy is once again being recognized for its high quality educational offerings after its sports management program became a candidate for accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The ACBSP is a leading organization offering accreditation services to business degree programs focused on teaching and learning. Becoming a candidate starts the accreditation process, and candidates must develop an action plan for meeting ACBSP’s standards and criteria. In order to meet the ACBSP accreditation standards the Academy has hired a consultant who will guide the institution through the process.

“ACBSP accreditation is a paradigm shift for the Academy,” Academy Vice President of Academy Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlström said. “Rather than focusing on offering sports management programs to sports professionals alone, this accreditation will help us to offer sports management as an option to management professionals.

“Sport is an estimated $450 billion industry and there are many management positions available in the field. Rather than getting an MBA with an emphasis in Sports Management from a typical business school, students will be better prepared for these careers by getting a Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) or Doctor of Education degree from us. We are a genuine sports university, and we know sports better than business schools do. ACBSP accreditation will demonstrate that we also know business and management like the business schools do.”

Wahlström said the typical timeline to become ACBSP accredited is three years, but the process could be finished as early as 18 months. Once the institution completes its preliminary schedule, it will welcome representatives from ACBSP to campus for a site review.

“We have done our preliminary review, and feel that we are in a very good shape,” Wahlström said. “Our first meeting with our consultant was very successful and our ACBSP accreditation committee is very excited.”

Founded in 1988, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a global business education accrediting body and the only organization to offer accreditation to all levels of collegiate business educational degree programs from associate to doctoral.

ACBSP ignites a standard of excellence with an accreditation process based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. By evaluating aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support, ACBSP assesses whether or not business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement.