Dec. 5, 2002
CONTACT: Ward Mullens


EMU's College of Business Earns Reaffirmation of Accreditation
by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


Ypsilanti - Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has received reaccrediation of its undergraduate and master's degree programs in business by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accrediation cycle is ten years.

"We are delighted with the AACSB recommendation to award unconditional and full accreditation to the Eastern Michigan University College of Business," said Dr. Paul Schollaert, provost and vice president for academic affairs at EMU. "The college faculty, under Dean Potter's leadership, have done a remarkable job of updating curricula, improving standards and generally providing a stronger learning environment for our students. I appreciate the tremendous effort at quality improvement in the college that resulted in this recognition by the AACSB."

"The AACSB gives us a reference point that we use in setting goals for our improvement," said Earl Potter, dean of EMU's College of Business. "The accreditation process always leads to improvement."

EMU's College of Business has been accredited by the AACSB since 1975.

As of November 2002, there are 432 accredited members of the AACSB - 406 in North America (396 in the U.S., eight in Canada and two in Mexico) and 26 internationally.

To achieve AACSB International accreditation, business programs must satisfy the expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating to curriculum, faculty resources, admissions, degree requirement, library and computer facilities, financial resources, and intellectual climate that are all mission-linked.

EMU's College of Business, in the Gary M. Owen Building, opened in 1990. The college currently has approcimately 75 full-time faculty in four departments, 2,300 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professional disciplines through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and on-line courses. EMU is the sixth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.

AACSB International is a not-for-profit organization consisting of more than 900 educational organizations and corporations, world-wide, devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management. Its mission is to provide global leadership in advancing management education through accreditation and by fostering international interchanges, key business linkages, sharing of best practices, and professional development. It is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.