Andrew College receives final approval to offer four-year business degree


Andrew College received word on Thursday, June 15 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) that approval was given for the college to offer a baccalaureate degree in business, effective fall 2017. The approval by SACS was the final hurdle in the process of creating the program. The program is now included in the scope of the current Andrew College accreditation.

Emphasizing the breadth of business systems and processes, with a special eye toward small business development, the business program will train students in different aspects such as the principles of management, finance, small business management, marketing, strategic management, international business, agribusiness and organizational behavior. Students will also take part in a supervised internship, allowing them to see the theoretical concepts they have learned in the classroom in operation within the business world.

Dr. Linda R. Buchanan, president of Andrew College, expressed her sincere appreciation to Dr. Dick McCallum, interim academic dean; Dr. Lisa Singleton, assistant professor for business administration; Karan Pittman, assistant academic dean; the entire faculty; the Board of Trustees; and supporters who have worked so hard and given so generously of their time, talent, and resources to get the college to this exciting milestone. President Buchanan said that the last time a baccalaureate degree was available at Andrew College was in 1917.

She said, “The process of developing a new program is very rigorous. I am very pleased that we are now able to offer our students an undergraduate degree in a field that is so important to our community.”

President Buchanan added, “This fall, Andrew College will also be starting its first nursing class, and more quality programs will follow. The academic year will be an exciting one, as we work to increase our impact on Southwest Georgia, including these two new areas of study.”

Applications are now being accepted for fall enrollment. Students looking to complete a business degree are encouraged to apply as well as those just starting their college education.