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Ricke named Chair-Elect for ACBSP regional council

27 January 2017

Pratt Community College Business Instructor, Carol Ricke, has been appointed as the Chair-Elect of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ASBCP) Midwestern region 5 council.
The Midwestern Council of Business Schools and Programs is a regional division of ASBCP representing colleges and universities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Canadian Province of Manitoba. The mission of ACBSP is to establish, promote and recognize educational standards that contribute to the continuous improvement of business education and, through the process of accreditation, to recognize business schools and programs that adhere to these standards.
The council is comprised of five officers who are elected each year. Ricke and the newly elected council will take their places officially summer 2017. The purpose of the council is to provide a regional forum to foster a better understanding of business education and for the exchange of ideas concerning collegiate business education programs, curriculum, and articulation among member institutions. They executive council also provides ACBSP's Board of Directors with ideas and recommendations as to how the Council can better serve its membership.
As Chair-Elect, Ricke, will be responsible for organizing their regional conference to be held in Pratt in October. Members from institutions all over the Midwest will gather to hear guest speaker presentations, learn about accreditation and attend instructional workshops.
“Pratt is an excellent place to host our regional conference,” said Ricke. The newly elected council will begin planning in the coming weeks.
Ricke has been an instructor at PCC for more than 20 years. Shortly after, she began getting involved with ACBSP. She has been the ACBSP Champion of PCC from 1995-1998 and again from 2005-present. She has attended 10 ACBSP national conferences. Ricke served as secretary of Region V from 2007-2009, on the bylaws national committee from 2005-2009 and has served on the Articulation committee since 2015.

Ricke was also the recipient of the Region V Teaching Excellence Award in 2000. She currently serves on the Associate Board of Commissioners.

The Accounting and Business Department of PCC has a mission of providing students educational experiences and opportunities to meet their diverse and changing needs. The Accounting and Business Department offers courses that enable the student to transfer to a four-year college or university or to prepare for and obtain employment. It also provides continuous training and education, which allows professionals to update their skills and remain competitive in the job market.