MBA Research
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.

Program Development

Business and marketing programs are no longer an automatic when local and state administrators make programming decisions.  With unprecedented pressure to cut costs, build STEM curricula, and to support academics, administrators are forced to make difficult choices.   

We believe that one of those choices should be to offer a very strong Business Administration program that includes programs of study in:

  •  Entrepreneurship
  •  Finance
  •  Hospitality/Tourism
  •  Management and Administration
  •  Marketing

Gatekeepers and administrators know about academics and STEM.  Do they know about the need and demand for business and marketing programs?  Too often, the answer is no.  The solution:  We must take the time to help them understand how strong programs can contribute to the school’s mission, help large numbers of students get a start on careers and college, and address the needs of the local business community. Your team at MBAResearch is dedicated to the growth and development of your program and to the significant expansion of offerings in your school and in all schools nationwide.  In these pages, you’ll find data (see "positioning"), ideas for building enrollment, ideas for program design (e.g., the MBA High School of Business™), and a major initiative to recognize nationally accredited MBA programs.

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Get the Credit You Deserve!
National Accreditation of Exemplary Programs in Business Administration

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Doing it right?  Then you and your school deserve to be recognized!
Earn local, state, and national recognition for your exemplary high school Business Administration program in entrepreneurship, finance, management, or marketing.

Based on extensive research over an extended time, the MBA Research National HS MBA Accreditation program offers independent review and benchmarking against five standards:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Program Development
  • Student Learning, Achievement , and Success

This national accreditation initiative offers a comprehensive review of your program, individualized feedback from an independent review team, and comprehensive professional development opportunities.  Accreditation offers a new level of assurance for your school administration, business community, and students (and their parents) that your program meets rigorous design standards developed by MBA Research along with specialized task forces*. The accreditation standards have been recently revised following the completion of the year one pilot and input from the external accreditation review team.


  • Local and national recognition of high-quality and exemplary programs
  • Benchmark for local administrators adding or improving local business and marketing programs
  • Framework for professional development and access to cohort group activities
  • Common framework to permit nationwide discussion, promotion, PR, data gathering, and positioning
  • Framework to support development of strong rationale for programs

Accreditation Process

The five-year accreditation is earned through a comprehensive self-assessment based on the five standards, documentation with specific evidence as outlined in the application package, independent review and feedback, and a continuing quality improvement initiative as developed by the review team, school representative (teacher), and MBA Research program development staff. 

Academic/Continuing Education Credits

In addition to earning recognition as a nationally-recognized exemplary program, most participating teachers will be eligible for graduate college credits or documentation for continuing education credits.   (Graduate credit fees will vary based on the institution making the award.)


Programs applying for accreditation must be approved as career technical education within the state and follow a program of study in management, marketing, finance or entrepreneurship. Trend data on student performance (Standard 5) must be available for each of the three most recent years completed. It is highly recommended that the instructor(s) have taught in the program for the three most recent years completed.

Fees and Costs

Fees for charter year participants (2016-2017) are deeply discounted.  For most schools the total cost will be $595, plus an annual renewal fee of $95 to maintain status.  Additional costs if on-site visit (optional) is requested.

Accreditation Documents, Forms, and Application  - Click Here

MBA High School
National Accreditation
2017 Schedule

Spring, 2017

Starting date:  February 1, 2017
Letter of Intent due:  January 5, 2017
Application and Program Agreement Form due:  January 15
Review completed by:  February-April, 2018

Summer, 2017

Starting date:  June 1, 2017
Letter of Intent due: May 1, 2017
Application and Program Agreement Form due:  May 15, 2017
Review completed: June-August, 2018

Fall, 2017

Starting date:  October 1, 2017
Letter of Intent due:  September 1, 2017
Application and Program Agreement Form due:  September 15, 2017
Review completed: October-December, 2018  

Additional Information:  
Rick Mangini, Project Director:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PH: 800.448.0398 x224

*Task force representatives include:

  • Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
    • Business Education Division
    • Headquarters staff
    • Marketing Education Division
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • DECA
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA/PBL)
  • MBA Research and Curriculum Center Consortium
  • National Association of Supervisors of Business Education (NASBE)
  • Individual professionals representing:
    • Business education teachers (HS)
    • Community colleges
    • 4-year college
    • CTE local directors
    • CTE state directors
    • Marketing education teachers (HS)
    • Secondary school principals
    • Teacher education

Defining CTE Business Administration Programs: Click here

Today’s school environment, along with changes to federal Perkins and other legislation, provides both challenge and opportunity.  Many ad hoc, freestanding courses are being replaced with courses that are designed to support more structured programs of study.   (At its most basic level, a program of study is simply a series of courses that are designed from the ground up to connect with one another to achieve a specific learning outcome.)   Here are examples of the kinds of designs our research suggests can be particularly successful for business and marketing programs:

  • MBA High School of Business™ is a six- or eight-semester accelerated program of study designed for college-bound high school students planning a business major.  This comprehensive program includes specialized curricula and extensive teacher training emphasizing project-based learning.

  • Program-of-Study models are available free to all teachers in member states via State’s Connection and to all others via our online store at nominal costs.  Based on extensive industry validation research, our program-of-study kits include specific course and course content recommendations, tools for use with counselors, and more.   Options include specializations in:
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Management/Administration
    • Marketing

The MBA Advisory Network counsels the organization’s staff regarding work to support high school and college business and marketing education nationwide.  Advisers provide both structured and informal feedback on a wide range of national initiatives designed to ensure that local programs align curricula with needs of the business community with the ultimate goal of ensuring that high school and college graduates develop key skills critical to employability. 

Teachers selected for the network were screened on the basis of professional qualifications, including experience with contemporary business curricula, active support of an appropriate student organization such as BPA, DECA, or FBLA, engagement of the local business community, and proof-of-learning activities such as testing and realistic project work.

To maintain their positions in the network, teachers will undergo annual training and orientation and participate in a variety of distance-based activities including conference calls, webinars, and survey work.  Click here for the current Teacher Advisory Network webinar schedule.

In exchange for their participation in the unpaid advisory network, advisers’ schools will receive a number of direct benefits, including free access to the online MBA Learning Center, professional development activities for the adviser, and free use of various proof-of-learning assessments used nationally.

Teachers from throughout the nation were named to the network this spring and will serve three-year terms.  (Additional appointments will be made each spring.) Future Appointments

MBA Research is the sponsoring organization for the advisory network. More about MBA Research.

Weigh in with your ideas and suggestions regarding agenda topics or suggest areas for consideration by the Teacher Advisory Network.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Appointed July 1, 2014
Jodi Adams is an award-winning high school Business Administration teacher in Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.  Her professional experiences include roles as adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Community College (IN) and at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Jodi is also a member of our MBA Research Professional Development team and serves as Program Chair for Eastern’s High School of Business™.

Appointed July 1, 2015
Dawn Brown has been a business/marketing teacher at Habersham Central High School in Georgia for nearly 20 years. During that time, she has achieved a specialist degree in education and two master’s degrees (in education and guidance counseling), while also working as a dual enrollment coordinator and completing a guidance and counseling internship. Named the GMEA Teacher of the Year in 2013, Dawn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our MBA Research Advisory Network.

Appointed July 1, 2014
Carl Cleaver, CPA, is a business teacher at Middleton High School in Idaho, specializing in accounting and finance. He teaches courses in the MBA Research High School of Business™ program as well as dual credit courses in personal finance and accounting. He brings his 18 years of experience in public accounting and business management and 10 years teaching in the classroom to our Advisory Network team.

Appointed July 1, 2017
Judy Commers taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sports Marketing and was a DECA Advisor in Indiana for 40 years, teaching at comprehensive high schools and a career center. She continues her career as an adjunct business instructor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. During her career, Judy has been a strong supporter of MBA Research materials, and she believes attending Conclave is the best investment a teacher can make in his/her professional life. Judy authored McGraw-Hill’s Marketing Dynamics teacher edition textbook (and supplemental materials that accompany the text), and she co-authored the Entrepreneurship textbook.

Appointed July 1, 2015
Kelli Compton is a teacher and Business Program Leader at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV. Kelli spent 10 years in the private sector and then went on to complete her Master’s degree in Secondary Education Instruction at UNLV. 13 of her 14 years teaching, she has been an FBLA advisor, and under her leadership, students place regularly at FBLA State Conference competitions and have been in the top 10 in the nation. Kelli received the NV FBLA Adviser of the Year award in 2006, and she’s an active member on the NV ACTE board. She is a fifth year teacher in the High School of Business™ program.

Appointed July 1, 2015
Tammy Cyrus is a Business and Marketing Education teacher at South Central High School (NC).  She has received her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, her Master of Arts in Business Education (MaED), and a Master of Science in School Administration (MSA).  Her professional experiences include working as adjunct faculty at Pitt Community College, working as a consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, serving as Department Chairperson for the CTE Department, secretary of the School Improvement Team, mentoring beginning teachers, and working as a CTSO adviser for FBLA.

Appointed July 1, 2015
Business teacher Terry Ertman's resume includes last year’s presidency of the Nevada Association of CTE, and she has been recognized three times as a nominee for CTE New Teacher of the Year. We look forward to having her expertise in our network for the next three years.

Appointed July 1, 2014
Tammy Fehringer’s resume includes CTE Coordinator, business instructor, Future Business Leaders of America advisor, and High School of Business™ instructor. Tammy has also moved into the role of HSB Coordinator, where she instructs other teachers of the HSB curriculum. To round out her achievements, she participates as a member of MBA Research’s Advisory Network in her free time.


Appointed July 1, 2015
Dawn Friedrich has over 20 years’ experience teaching business education, serving at Wausa (Nebraska) Public School since 1997. She is an FBLA Advisor and a Board Member for Nebraska FBLA. She served as the Nebraska State BEA President and is currently its Webmaster. As the only business teacher in her school, Dawn teaches a wide range of classes from accounting to personal finance to information technology. She has been named a Gold Star Teacher for three years under W!se, the Financial Literacy Program. We welcome her to our National Advisory Network!

Appointed July 1, 2014
Tianda Gay teaches Marketing Education at Red Springs High School in Red Springs, NC, and she says her main task is “to help prepare our students for an ever changing 21st century global society so that they may become successful and productive citizens.” Presenting at the NC CTE Summer Conference and being a DECA advisor keep her busy. And she’s a real asset to MBA Research’s Advisory Network.

Appointed July 1, 2015
Kim Guest is currently a local CTE Director, marketing and accounting teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Kearsley High School in Flint, MI. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology.  She operates a Gold Certified SBE.  Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board for seven years, and is currently the president.  Kim was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chairs the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave. 


Appointed July 1, 2016
Lesa Hefner teaches marketing electives and is the DECA sponsor at Duncan High School in Duncan, Oklahoma.  A non-traditional teacher, she has worked for a major oil production company, for a CPA, and as a business owner before coming into the classroom. Lesa enjoys teaching marketing because it allows her to share valuable “life” skills, including career readiness, with her students. We are excited to welcome her to our Teacher Advisory Network in the summer of 2016.


Appointed July 1, 2014
Some of Phil Huff’s past honors include: President of the Wisconsin DECA Center (2012), Marketing Educator Professional Development Award winner, and DECA Red Apple Advisor Award winner. He is currently serving as the President of the Wisconsin Marketing Education Association, and he is a marketing teacher in Highlands Ranch, CO. We are very grateful that he is a member of MBA Research’s Advisory Network.

Appointed July 1, 2017
Natalie Johnson started her teaching career in 2004 as a Business Education teacher and Career Programs Advisor in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. In 2006, Ms. Johnson moved to Aurora, Colorado and taught Business Education at Hinkley High School. She currently teaches in the Business and Marketing Pathway at Vista PEAK Preparatory for Aurora Public Schools. Being part of the Business Pathway allows Ms. Johnson to give students college credit in the business and marketing courses that she teaches. Ms. Johnson also started the school’s first DECA Chapter and student-based enterprise at Vista Peak Preparatory. 

Ms. Johnson received her Bachelors in Human Kinetics with a minor in Business from University of British Columbia (UBC). She then continued at UBC and completed her second Bachelors in Education with the focus on Physical Education and Business Education. She is currently enrolled at Regis University, where she is taking her Master's in Leadership.

Appointed July 1, 2014
Rachel Kahly is a business and marketing teacher and DECA advisor at Jessamine Career and Tech Center in Nicholasville, KY. There she built the marketing program for Jessamine County and implemented MBA Research’s High School of Business™ program. Her students have won many competitions at both regional and national DECA conferences under her leadership. We are lucky to have her as a member of our Advisory Network.

Appointed July 1, 2015
Lacee Manus is a Marketing Education teacher at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, NM. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. Lacee has served on the NM ACTE Board for the past 4 years as well as the NM DECA Board for the past 8 years.  After being elected as the NM DECA Teacher of the Year in 2013, Lacee also assisted in developing the Marketing Curriculum for NM Marketing teachers (with the help of MBA Research of course). 

Appointed July 1, 2016
Jennifer Milke, Jennifer started her teaching career in 2007 as a Marketing Instructor, DECA Advisor and school based enterprise advisor. Her teaching experience includes a midsized urban and large suburban school district. She teaches Marketing and Small Business at Henry Ford II High School in Utica Community Schools, Michigan. Mrs. Milke received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint.

Jennifer’s dedication to the profession extends beyond the classroom. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. She has co-chaired the MME fall conference, and also co- facilitates the statewide MME Marketing Teacher Academy. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. Her DECA Chapter has received numerous awards and regularly qualifies students to the International DECA Conference.

Jennifer was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs. 

Appointed July 1, 2016
Helen Redmond, LEAP Academy University Charter School, NJ. Helen is a High School of Business instructor and has a strong background in Special Education so will bring a background in instructional strategies and project based learning to the team. Helen was most recently recognized as the teacher of the year at LEAP Academy University Charter School for her innovative teaching techniques, her strong commitment to student learning, and her concern for students in and out of the classroom.

Appointed July 1, 2015
Susan Schutte is a Marketing Instructor at Akron East High Community Learning Center (OH).  She is a trustee for Ohio DECA Executive Council, a member of the Ohio Marketing Education Leadership Council and has received the Ohio ACTE Marketing Division Distinguished Service Award.  Susan also advises National Honor Society, and is a support instructor for Stark State University’s Dual-Enrollment Program with Akron Public Schools.

Appointed July 1, 2014
With an MBA from Ashland University, Nadine Scott was once an Assistant VP at KeyBank. However, over 16 years ago, she made the switch to teaching, all to the good fortune of her students at Penta/Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, OH. She is a marketing teacher, an Ohio DECA member, and a wonderful member of MBA Research’s Advisory Network team!

Appointed July 1, 2015
Susan Seuferer is a business teacher at Chariton High School in Iowa, where she has taught since 2002 (though she’s been a business teacher far longer). She has also been a facilitator of computer classes at Indian Hills Community College since 1997. Being very involved in FBLA as a school advisor, as a state committee member, and as the state conference coordinator, Susan also finds time to chair various committees in the Iowa Business Education Association. All of that activity and experience makes us sure she will be a great asset to the MBA Research Advisory Network!



Appointed July 1, 2016
After 25 years in the high-tech industry, Dr. Ann Stewart turned her attention to education and hasn’t looked back. As a Marketing & Entrepreneurship teacher, Stewart facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop, Sketch It Up, in the district and the first high school business to have full membership in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. As the CTE Department Chair at Stewarts Creek High School, she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students, and is developing the curriculum in conjunction with Dr. Maria Edlin at Middle Tennessee State University for the four-year program. As the lead DECA Advisory, Stewart heads Stewarts Creek Marketplace, a shopping center in the school that includes the Creekside Coffee Shop, Stewarts Creek Design (print shop), Creekside Bank, and Hawk's Nest Bookstore.

Dr. Stewart has been a DECA advisor for twelve years. She has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. At Nashville's 2016 ICDC, Dr. Stewart presented "DECA Goes Lean" for new advisors. The project based learning presentation introduced the new Lean Business Model, now used in many DECA written events, to advisors and gave them active lessons to take back to the classroom. Dr. Stewart received her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled A Mixed Methods Study of Service Learning in a Public High School

Appointed July 1, 2015
Carol Von Tersch has been a teacher in Iowa for over 25 years. In that time, she’s been teaching business education while also coaching and mentoring other teachers and facilitating CTE instruction throughout her department. Carol is a DECA Advisor, and she serves at Iowa’s DECA Administrative Council Chair. We are happy to welcome her to MBA Research’s Advisory Network team!