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Cara Beth Johnson earns teaching excellence award

Cara Beth Johnson earns teaching excellence award

Northern Oklahoma College instructor Cara Beth Johnson, Chair of Business and instructor of Accounting and other business classes, has been named a regional recipient of the 2021 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom.

Johnson will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the ACBSP Conference 2021, June 25-28 in Miami, Florida. She will receive a crystal medallion and a $500 check. Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients will be announced at the ACBSP Accreditation Gala, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution. As a regional recipient, Johnson is now a candidate for the international award.

“Cara Beth Johnson is an accomplished professional and outstanding educator. Ms. Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant and has also earned an MBA, which makes her highly effective in the classroom. Additionally, she has served as the Chair of the Business Division at NOC for many years, mentoring faculty and guiding the business programs to help students succeed,” said Dr. Patsy Parker, Professor and Associate Dean, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

“Her work as a peer reviewer and in other leadership positions in ACBSP is just one example of the commitment to excellence Cara Beth has made,” said Dr. Pam Stinson, Vice President for Academic Affairs for Northern Oklahoma College.  “She has stayed up to date on the best practices for business programs and has led NOC in creating a model program.”

The ACBSP Associate Degree Commission established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate/graduate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership.

“It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace,” said Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP President and CEO. “ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal,” he stated.


ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP,, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP is the only global accrediting body to accredit business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels. ACBSP currently over 1,000 member campuses in more than 60 countries. Of those campuses, 915 have achieved accreditation and more than 120 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 13,000. FAQs / Accreditation FAQs