At its June 2019 meeting, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC, the University’s regional accreditor) approved Webber International University’s applications to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration and the Bachelor of Science in Sports Performance, Health, and Fitness degrees.
“We’ve been around for 92 years,” said Dr. H. Keith Wade, the University’s President and CEO. “Some of the secret to that longevity has been being very deliberate about introducing new degrees. While tweaking degrees to keep up with innovation is common and we have begun to offer some of the degrees from our North Carolina campus – especially in the areas of education and psychology – in Florida, these are the first truly new degrees we have introduced in over ten years.”
The Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration is designed to meet some of the special needs of hospitals, healthcare agencies, managed care organizations, medical practices, health insurance companies, and nursing homes and residential facilities. This new program augments Webber’s strong business core education with a number of industry specific areas such as health care trends, quality assurance, ethical issues, public policy, management of key healthcare industry financial metrics, and risk management.
The Bachelor of Science in Sports Performance, Health, and Fitness degree is designed to lead to career paths in areas including sports performance coach, athletic fitness conditioning coach, certified fitness trainer, group fitness/exercise instructor, personal fitness instructor, and fitness club manager. This program supplements the Webber business core by preparing students to assess, design, implement, manage, motivate, and monitor health, fitness, and sports performance in diverse settings.
Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws, and one of the first schools of business for women in the nation, Webber International University now educates men and women from over 50 different nations. Degrees are offered at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats. Joining Webber as a branch campus in 2011, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, NC) offers a comprehensive liberal arts program and has roots dating to 1896. The University features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities. The University has been recognized as a US News and World Reports Best Regional Colleges: South, a Princeton Review Best Southeastern College, and has earned Petersons’ top marks for academics, value and community. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and numerous programs have earned additional programmatic accreditations.