by Geoff Larcom, Published January 07, 2011
YPSILANTI -The Eastern Michigan University College of Business has maintained its accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
"The designation is the most highly valued accreditation that a business school can attain," said David Mielke, dean of the college of business. "It is a tribute to our faculty and our programs that we continue with this distinction. AACSB accreditation provides assurance to our students that their education and degrees meet the highest standards for student learning.''
Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide (607) have earned the accreditation. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, and demonstrate continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation," said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students."
The College of Business has more than 2,300 undergraduate and more than 800 graduate students enrolled in 12 undergraduate, five graduate and 10 graduate certificate programs. It has a staff of more than 75 full-time faculty members and nine full-time lecturers.
The college's brand of "Innovative, Applied and Global" describes academic programs grounded in strong fundamentals, with a practical and real-world emphasis, incorporating an international perspective. EMU is the only business school in the country to have an Ethos Week dedicated to business ethics. This year's week is March 14-18.
To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Web site at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.