Business Chair Dr. Augustine Boakye (second from left) and Professor Dr. Nathan Himelstein are flanked by Dr. Mary Vaughan and Dr. Steven Parscale, both from ACBSP

Business Chair Dr. Augustine Boakye (second from left) and Professor Dr. Nathan Himelstein are flanked by Dr. Mary Vaughan and Dr. Steven Parscale, both from ACBSP

The Business Division at Essex County College was awarded a 10-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the authoritative agency that certifies the curriculum of business departments at higher education institutions.

 

Essex is just the second two-year college in New Jersey to receive the recognition from ACBSP in the international organization’s 26 years.

 

“ACBSP accreditation means we are maintaining high quality academic programs, something we have done as an institution of higher learning for more than 45 years,” said Business Division Chair Dr. Augustine Boakye. “Accreditation also allows Essex to interact with higher education institutions around the world.”

 

In addition to accrediting two and four year colleges and universities throughout North America, ACBSP accredits schools in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

 

“ACBSP recognizes excellence in business education world-wide,” said Dr. Boakye. He added that students will be able to clearly see the quality of Business Division associate degree programs due to the accreditation.

 

According to the ACBSP, the fact that the group is a two and four-year accreditation organization sets them apart from other accrediting bodies. It creates a “seamless opportunity” for two-year college students graduating from member institutions to continue their education at four-year schools with “greater ease.”

 

Essex formally received the accreditation at the ACBSP’s annual conference held this past week in Philadelphia. Dr. Boakye and Business Professor Dr. Nathan Himelstein represented Essex at the conference.

 

“This is wonderful news for the Business faculty, staff, students and the entire College community,” said Essex County College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson. “This achievement will bring another level of respect to the division.” She praised the work of the Business Division, under the direction of Drs. Boakye and Himelstein, in securing the accreditation.

 

The ACBSP had sent a three-person accrediting team to Essex in April to review the College’s Business Division programs. At the time, the accrediting team cited leadership and strategic planning as just two of the division’s strengths.

 

“ACBSP accreditation means we offer high quality academic programs, something we have done as an institution of higher learning for more than 45 years,” said Dr. Boakye. “Accreditation also allows Essex to interact with higher education institutions around the world.”

 

In addition to accrediting two and four year colleges and universities throughout North America, ACBSP accredits schools around the globe.

 

“ACBSP recognizes excellence in business education world-wide,” said Dr. Boakye. He added that students will be able to clearly appreciate the quality of Business Division Associate degree programs due to the accreditation.

 

According to the ACBSP, the fact that the group is a two and four-year accreditation organization sets them apart from other accrediting bodies. It creates a “seamless opportunity” for two-year college students graduating from member institutions to continue their education at four-year schools with “greater ease.”

 

Also at the conference, Dr. Boakye was elected to a two-year term as president of ACBSP Region 1. Region 1 encompasses colleges and universities in the Northeast and New England, along with Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern Canadian Provinces.

 

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The Child Development Center at Essex County College will conduct a Summer Toddlers Child Care Program beginning July 1. The program at the Newark campus will run four days a week through August 20.

 

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the program is for children ages two and a half to four. Children should also be potty trained.

 

The hours of operation are Mondays through Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The College is closed Fridays during the summer. The Center will provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Educational field trips are included in the program.

 

The monthly cost is $320. Registration and other information are available by calling 973.877.3357.

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JUNE 8 – Today, the College’s Board of School Estimate (BOSE) adopted a $69,104,951 operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016, beginning July 1. Also, $2,500,000 was allocated for capital expenses.

 

BOSE members Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Michellene Davis and Joseph Zarra, both College Board of Trustee members, all voted for the budget.

 

The budget reflects an $8 tuition increase, the first in five years. That increase was approved by the Trustees last month.

 

The bulk of the budget, $43,959,265, or 63.61 percent, will come from tuition and fees. Essex County is providing $11,850,000, or 17.15 percent of the total, while the state’s share is $11,765,885. The reminder of the budget comes from miscellaneous funds.

 

“We appreciate the support we have received from the county,” said Essex County College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson.  Despite what she termed as a “challenging year,” Dr. Gibson cited a number of highlights in the current academic year during the meeting held in the J. Harry Smith Hall attended by about 50 College personnel.

 

These highlights include the Class of 2015 being the largest in College history with 1,516 graduates, seeing 42 percent of the graduates receiving their Associate degrees in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and Nursing & Allied Health fields, and two of the graduates earning Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarships, each worth $120,000.

 

Dr. Gibson also noted the College has approved several new Associate in Applied Science degree and Certificate programs to better train students to meet the ever changing job market. There is also an expanded High School Initiative program to help prepare high school students to succeed in college level courses, and helping to decrease the reliance on remedial classes.

 

“We will need to be more effective and more efficient with our limited resources, while delivering quality education and meeting our number one priority – generating student success,” said Dr. Gibson.

 

County Executive DiVincenzo praised the College for its successful programs. But he warned the College should be prepared to receive the same dollar amount from the county in 2016-2017.

 

Biology Professor Michael Frank, Faculty Association Representative to the Board of Trustees, said there are financial problems everywhere. “But things do change. We’re trying to expand our services; we’re not reckless with our spending.”

 

Mr. DiVincenzo replied, “I’ve always supported the College. You have to plan for the worse,” he said, adding next year’s county share can still be open to discussion.

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