The International College of the Cayman Islands has taken the first step toward getting its business programs accredited internationally.
ICCI has been named a candidate for accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
The decision follows a site visit from the accrediting body in September last year.
Candidacy status means the college has satisfied candidacy requirements relating to its business programs, resources, and operational processes and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review, according to ICCI President David Marshall.
He said it was a good initial vote of confidence and a step toward the college’s goal of gaining full accreditation for its business courses, including the Masters in Business Administration program.
“Working to earn accreditation in specific academic programs means that our students can be confident they are getting a high quality education that will put them on par with the best students from around the world in the disciplines they are studying,” he said.
“We also believe this process will continue to elevate the professionalism of the college in the eyes of the community and in turn ensure that even more employers have confidence in and recognize the ICCI degree.”
Founded in 1997, the IACBE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the United States and has accredited more than 1,200 business and business-related programs in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America and South America, according to a press release from the college.
“This is a tribute to the quality of ICCI’s business programs and the hard work of ICCI faculty, staff and students,” said Mr. Marshall. “We feel strongly that the college has a responsibility to maintain the highest standards in all of its academic programs in order to do our part to help build a well-qualified local workforce in Cayman,” he added.
The specific programs under consideration for accreditation are the master of business administration, master of science in management with a concentration in human resources, bachelor of business administration with concentrations in accounting and finance, and associate of science in business with concentrations in accounting, banking and finance.
During the next year, ICCI will be required to prepare a self-study, documenting how it has implemented best international practices in business education. If the self-study is approved by the accrediting authority, the college will undergo another visit before being considered for accreditation, likely in 2017.