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Sept. 12, 2007
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EMU hotel, restaurant management program becomes first in Michigan to receive national accreditation

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s undergraduate program in Hotel and Restaurant Management is the first in the state to be granted accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

“We are the only program in the state to have this accreditation,” said Susan Gregory, program coordinator and professor of hotel and restaurant management at EMU. “We went through a really intensive review of the program.”

“(The accreditation) gives students the assurance that we are meeting their needs and the needs of the industry,” said Gregory.

Gregory said one of the things that sets EMU’s program apart is the faculty.

 “Our faculty have a lot of industry experience,” she said of the three full-time faculty in the program. There also are four adjuncts who teach courses.

The faculty also made the difference in receiving accreditation, Gregory said.

“It (accreditation) takes a lot of time and effort by the faculty. You have to care!” Gregory said.

Gregory said the program has doubled in size in the last five years. There are approximately 160 students in the program and about 40 graduates each year.

“Any student that wants a job will have a job. I wish I could place them in two jobs,” Gregory said. “Even in a down-turned economy, people still travel and they still eat out.”

According to Gregory, the program offers many real-world opportunities, from traveling overseas to strong articulation agreements with community colleges.

“We are the only program of our type in the state that accepts transfer students from culinary schools,” Gregory said.

EMU’s hotel and restaurant management program is a comprehensive program that integrates principles of the industry with club and resort management, franchising, conference management and service management. The program provides experiential educational opportunities in a wide variety of hospitality organizations through co-op work experiences.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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