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B-CU's Hospitality Management Program Granted Reaccreditation

Today, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) announced that its hospitality management program has been granted reaccreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).  Along with University of Central Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville, B-CU's program is one of only three hospitality management programs in the state of Florida accredited by ACPHA.
"We are very excited that B-CU's hospitality management program has been granted reaccreditation for another seven years.  As one of only three accredited programs in Florida, B-CU takes pride in maintaining high standards of academic excellence in this field. Congratulations to our dedicated faculty and talented students," noted B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed.

"Achieving reaccreditation is a testament to the quality of instruction and support that the B-CU hospitality management program provides our students.  This program is a great source of pride for the School of Business and the entire university community.  You can find our graduates pursuing successful careers throughout the hospitality industry," said Dr. Aubrey Long, dean of the B-CU School of Business.

The Bethune-Cookman University hospitality management program operates as a department within B-CU's School of Business and offers a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in hospitality management.  Through their coursework and required internships, students develop a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business administration as well as the specific skills needed to successfully manage hotels, restaurants, and travel/tourism operations.

Highlights of the hospitality management program include:

  • Dedicated faculty of certified and seasoned hospitality managers with impressive records of industry association leadership
  • Low student-teacher ratio that provides students with many opportunities to work with professors on projects that provide hands-on experience
  • Successful integration of technology and education through computer labs, multi-media lecture halls, and a state-of-the-art customized training facility 
  • Two required internships that give students real world experiences, help test their career goals, and increase their competitive position with employers; Walt Disney World, Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, and Sodexho are just a few of the companies that offer internships to B-CU's hospitality management students.

B-CU hospitality management alumni have gone on to work in management positions for such companies as Marriott Hotels and Resorts, the Walt Disney World Resort, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Darden Restaurants, McDonald’s, and many more.  Most graduates of the program receive multiple employment offers during their senior year.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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