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DATE: July 20, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

STCC's Business Curriculum Highly Rated by ACBSP

The Business, Career Studies and Technology Department at Southwest Tennessee Community College received high marks from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) earlier this month in New York. ACBSP's Commission on Two-Year Colleges cited STCC for having the "most diverse and timely business curriculum of the more than 200 colleges accredited" by the organization.

ACBSP gave the recognition during its 13th Annual Conference. After being praised for the standard business programs, STCC also was noted for the programs in E-Business, Import/Export & Customs Brokerage, Logistics Management, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management and Quality & Productivity Assurance.

In addition, the College was cited for 20 on-line, web based courses and the 17 telecourses offered by the Business Administration Department. These commendations will be published in the Official Proceedings and the ACBSP NewsLine.

Dr. Nathan Essex, president of STCC, issued the following statement about the prestigious recognition: "We congratulate our colleagues for this outstanding accomplishment. We are proud for our institution and commend all members of our Business, Career Studies and Technology Department for their outstanding work."

ACBSP, an international organization, accredits two-year colleges and four-year undergraduate business programs. With the consolidation of State Technical Institute at Memphis and Shelby State Community College, the STCC Business Programs were required to go through a Substantive Change Visit by ACBSP last April. STCC was fully accredited with commendations and no recommendations for deficiencies.

Thurston Shrader serves as chair of the STCC Business Administration & Paralegal Studies Department. He said the College's accreditation by ACBSP is effective until 2009. "We are extremely pleased with our accreditation and other commendations," Shrader said. "An important part of a comprehensive community college's mission is to work closely with the business community, and help business owners identify their employment needs. The business faculty at STCC has done a tremendous job through our Advisory Committee in developing curriculum and onsite training to accomplish this goal."

For information about the STCC Business, Career Studies and Technology Department, call the College at 333-4130.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.