Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students
This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements:
- Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
- Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by October 16, 2019, and full accreditation by October 16, 2022.
If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:
- Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
- Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.
Notice to Students and Prospective Students (June 19, 2018):
The Bachelor of Business Administration and Information Sciences at Northwestern Polytechnic University has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ("ACICS"), due to material noncompliance with its placement rate standard of 60%.
What does this mean?
On June 12, 2018, ACICS notified NPU that its Bachelor of Business Administration and Information Sciences (BBAIS) degree program has been placed on show-cause due to the reported job placement rates being below the 60% standard for the Summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 graduates. NPU is working on improving placement and will formally submit a plan to ACICS detailing the factors, the analysis, and the efforts and changes being made to ensure higher job placement figures. NPU has 24 months to resolve the issue and raise the BBAIS program's reported placement rates to meet the required standard. NPU is committed to the BBAIS program and will work diligently to resolve the matter.
ACICS' directive pertains to the BBAIS program only. NPU will continue to offer courses required to complete your BBAIS program. NPU will also continue to accept new applicants and students into the BBAIS program.
The program is to prepare students with the fundamentals of current business practices, management principles, and leadership skills, as well as modern information technology applied in a real-world business environment. The training will enable the students to work with computers and information technology to manage business in the information age and in the global business setting. After completing the undergraduate degree, a student is also prepared to enter a graduate degree program in business administration or related fields, including using up-to-date information technology and enterprise resource-planning tools.
Program Learning Outcomes: Students graduating with a BBAIS degree are expected to demonstrate the following program learning outcomes -
- Written Communication - Use written language that communicates complex business concepts and enabling technology approaches.
- Oral Communication - Orally explain to one's peers complex business and supporting technology concepts.
- Quantitative Reasoning - Apply (computer and non-computer assisted) quantitative methods in a comprehensive manner in a business setting.
- Information Literacy - Access, review and then meaningfully apply information in business and management decision making
- Critical Thinking - Analyze business issues and recommend solutions which apply business concepts and technology practices
- Specialized Knowledge - Apply business concepts in the areas of management, finance, accounting, marketing, and information technology to various business scenarios. Evaluate and propose information technology solutions to improve an organization's operational efficiency.
A minimum of 125 units are required for graduation. They include the following:
- 39 units of general education courses including 12 units in English and communications, 9 units in humanities, 9 units in mathematics and natural sciences, and 9 units in social sciences,
- 62 units of major courses, and
- 24 units of electives.
Suggested course sequence in the first four trimesters:
BBAIS Curriculum(Total of 125 Units)
1. General Education (minimum 39 units)
The purpose of general education is to give breadth to the student’s education. With a general background in English and communications, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and the social sciences, the student will be prepared for his/her roles both in society and at work. Students who have not completed the general education requirements upon entering a degree program at NPU are required to observe the following curriculum to meet the general education requirements.
(a) English and Communications (12 units)
(ENGL101, ENGL115, AND ENGL420 are required courses. Other listed courses are suggested subjects.)
|ENGL220||Small Group Communication||(3)|
(b) Humanities (9 units)
(The students can select any 9 units from the following suggested subjects.)
|HU210||Introduction to Philosophy||(3)|
|HU280||Principles of Ethics||(3)|
(c) Mathematics and Natural Sciences(9 units)
(MATH208 and PHYS101 are required courses. Other listed courses are suggested subjects.)
|PHYS101||Introduction to Physical Sciences||(3)|
|PHYS201(L)||Physics Lab –I||(3)|
|PHYS202(L)||Physics Lab –II||(3)|
|PHYS301||Introduction to Device Physics||(3)|
|MATH201||Calculus – I||(3)|
|MATH202||Calculus – II||(3)|
(d) Social Sciences (9 units)
(SOC400 is a required course. Other listed courses are suggested subjects.)
|SOC215||Introduction to Sociology||(3)|
|SOC235||Multiculturalism in the United States||(3)|
|SOC260||Civilization and Urbanization||(3)|
|SOC275||The American Experience||(3)|
|SOC400||Early American History||(3)|
2. Major Requirements (minimum 62 units)
(Business administration and information technology, a professional development course, a major design experience)
|IT200||Introduction to Computers and Digital Media||(3)|
|ACC201||Principles of Accounting – I||(3)|
|ACC201L||Basic Accounting Lab – I||(1)|
|ACC202||Principles of Accounting – II||(3)|
|ACC202L||Basic Accounting Lab – II||(1)|
|FIN310||Fundamentals of Finance||(3)|
|IT310||Introduction to Information Technology||(3)|
|IT370||Database Design and Development for Business||(3)|
|LAW310||Introduction to Business Law||(3)|
|MGT310||Principles of Management||(3)|
|MKT310||Principles of Marketing||(3)|
|ACC490||Introduction to Taxation||(3)|
|DMG450||Fundamentals of Digital Media and Graphics||(3)|
|IT450||Enterprise Information System Fundamentals||(3)|
|MGT450||Organizational Behavior and Management||(3)|
|MGT460||Production and Operations Management||(3)|
3. Electives (minimum 24 units)
The student may select courses in any field to fulfill this requirement. Prerequisite requirements must be met when taking any course. When applicable, the student may take curricular practicum courses and engage in practical training to work on company projects that are directly related to the student’s course of study. The student must observe the rules required for taking the practicum courses.
The student also has the option to select a focused study area and take the suggested courses to gain in-depth knowledge in that area. ACC451L is a hands-on lab course. The following are the available study areas and the suggested courses for each area:
a. Accounting focus: ACC451, ACC451L, ACC452
b. Digital Media and Graphics focus: DMG460, DMG480