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I recently returned from a visit to an international university as part of an accreditation team for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)**, the regional body under which Norwich University is accredited. The experience of serving on a review team is rewarding in that I always learn something new about higher education by studying how other universities serve their constituents. I am always prompted to think about how we can do better at Norwich through the experience, which is essentially the power of the peer review process.

Over the past two years our MBA program has worked diligently on a self-study (a core element of the accreditation process) and application to the Project Management Institute (PMI) for specialty accreditation of the MBA program in project management. A team from PMI visited campus last month as the site visit phase of the application process for an intense three days of review to validate the self-study. I am delighted to announce that we have received official word that our MBA project management program has been fully accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)! Congratulations to our project management team headed up by Dr. Jose Cordova and Professor William Saunders for attaining this wonderful achievement for our university and, most importantly, our students.

The Project Management Institute is an international organization recognized as the leading professional association for project, program, and portfolio management professionals. The field has evolved over the past 45 years since PMI’s founding and now has a membership of almost 3 million from around the world. A variety of individual certifications are maintained by PMI although perhaps most familiar is the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Also offered by PMI are certifications as a:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

More information about the certifications and requirements is available at the PMI website; I suggest you visit and learn more about the various opportunities available with specialty certifications. Like certifications in many fields, you will need to understand the pathway and develop a plan to move toward your career goals if an additional credential supplementing your degree provides value. Our pursuit of PMI accreditation and curriculum is designed to help our students attain the skills necessary to become effective project managers in a wide variety of fields as well as facilitate obtaining a certification.

Welcome to our new students and those starting new courses this month. Let's get back to the books to close out 2014 in fine fashion!

**Editor's note: In September 2018, New England Association of Schools and Colleges was formally changed to the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).