Carol Ricke receives 2019 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

24 April 2019

Carol Ricke, Full-Time Instructor, Program Coordinator, and Chair at Pratt Community College has been named a regional recipient of the 2019 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom.

Ricke will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the ACBSP Conference 2019, June 21-24 in Houston, Texas. She will receive a crystal medallion and a $250 check. Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree- granting institution, will be announced at the Salute to Regions ceremony. As a regional recipient, Professor Ricke is now a candidate for the international award.

“New ideas are stimulating to Carol so adapting to the newest and latest is what Carol does. Students are not shy to note favorite teachers, challenging teachers, and best teachers; Carol ranks high in each of these categories to her students. Carol’s peers also think highly of her. In 2000, the Pratt Higher Education Association, our version of faculty senate, voted Mrs. Carol Ricke as the ‘Outstanding Instructor of the Year’. Since the year 2000, Carol has been a key member of the negotiations team to create detailed spreadsheets, charts, and graphs for salary trends and professional issues,” said Rhonda Westerhaus, Education Instructor, Pratt Community College.

The ACBSP Associate Degree Commission established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate/graduate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership.

“It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace,” said Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP President and CEO. “ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal,” he stated.

ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP,, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP is the only global accrediting body to accredit business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels. ACBSP currently has 1,100+ member campuses in 60 countries. Of those campuses, 942 have achieved accreditation and
more than 150 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 13,000.