ELOC Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

ELOC Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

Ryan Smerek and MIchelle AlbaughExecutive Learning & Organizational Change faculty members Ryan Smerek (l) and Michelle Albaugh

Northwestern University’s Executive Learning & Organizational Change (ELOC) program has been accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), the top certifying body in the continuing education industry.

The Executive Learning & Organizational Change program now offers certified Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to help senior leaders and professionals advance their careers.

Launched in early 2019, the program targets leaders with 15 or more years of work experience and builds on Northwestern’s pioneering Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change curriculum. Leaders learn to create transformational change at both individual and organizational levels in multiple sectors, including business, education, design, non-profit and more.

The Executive Learning & Organizational Change program, housed within the School of Education and Social Policy, joins nearly 500 organizations around the globe that are IACET accredited providers.

The rigorous application and review process, which included a virtual site visit, was led by Ryan Smerek, associate professor and assistant director in Northwestern’s Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change program. The thoroughness of the process ensures that the highest possible standards in executive education are met.” The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

“Accreditation helps us serve both individual leaders and whole organizations that would like to combine the rigor of a Northwestern perspective with the practicality of open enrollment, executive learning at a competitive cost,” said Michelle Albaugh (PhD14), assistant director of coaching and instructor for Executive Learning & Organizational Change and the Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change programs.

The courses are specialized programs, designed for senior leaders who are charged with creating agile organizations and with coaching people to make the most of their leadership potential.

Designed for the modern learner, ELOC courses recognize that leaders have limited time for formal learning. The classes feature both in-person when available and online formats and offer flexible learning opportunities to help participants quickly and efficiently build new skills.

All classes are taught by Northwestern faculty, coaches, and human capital thought leaders, who exemplify the philosophy of the program by expertly bridging scholarship and practice.

“Executive Learning & Organizational Change is designed to help make people better coaches and leaders in the face of complex, continuous organizational change,” said Kimberly Scott, assistant professor and director of Northwestern’s MSLOC and ELOC programs. “Leadership development in organizations has evolved, requiring more just-in-time learning that can be immediately applied to organizational challenges. ELOC leverages our successful MSLOC curriculum to meet these shifting demands.”

After filling out a short application, accepted students can register for individual or multiple courses. Participants receive a certificate after successfully completing each course. Additional registration information can be found on the ELOC website. 

About the Masters in Learning & Organizational Change program

The Masters in Learning & Organizational Change (MSLOC) program at Northwestern University gives leaders the knowledge and skills they need to successfully transform organizations. We focus on integrating the study and practice of strategic organizational change, knowledge management, and performance-driven learning. We attract leaders and learners who understand how important it is to help workers reach their full potential to drive deep change.

About the School of Education and Social Policy

Established in 1926 as a traditional school of education, the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) assumed its current name in 1986 after expanding far beyond its original scope. Today, SESP is a recognized leader in learning, leadership and policy. We research and design innovations that improve human development, learning, and health – both in local communities and around the world. Home to more than 500 undergraduates, approximately 350 graduate students, and 39 faculty, SESP consistently ranks among the nation’s top 10 education schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

About IACET

The International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. The ANSI/IACET 2018-1 Standard for Continuing Education and Training is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide.

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 12/9/20