The College of Business has successfully maintained its business accreditation as well as its accounting accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in both business and accounting.
President Stephen J. Kopp said this endorsement from AACSB means that the College of Business and its Accounting Department underwent a rigorous review, satisfied a number of demanding standards and demonstrated evidence of ongoing improvement.
“I’m proud of our College of Business faculty, staff, students and advisory board for their commitment to meeting or exceeding the standards set forth by the AACSB,” Kopp said. “This point-in-time distinction speaks well of both our College of Business and its Accounting Division. It also signals the importance of elevating our expectations and pursuing an even greater commitment to advancing evidence-based outcomes that distinguish our business programs as among the best in the world.”
Marshall is one of two institutions in West Virginia to hold AACSB accreditation. As of December 2011, only 643 schools of business worldwide are AACSB accredited and only 176 institutions have AACSB’s additional accounting accreditation.
To maintain business accreditation, programs undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which they must demonstrate a continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
To maintain accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB Business Accreditation as well as meet an additional 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.
Dr. Chong Kim, dean of the College of Business, said
he is extremely pleased with the outcome of the recent five-year review and is
honored to serve as the dean of an AACSB-accredited school.
“Our faculty, staff, students and advisory board members worked hard to make this happen with strong support from President Stephen Kopp and Provost Gayle Ormiston,” Kim said. “I believe our College of Business and our Accounting Division provide a world-class business education to our students. Current business students, our alumni, community leaders and all West Virginians should be proud of this accomplishment.”
Dr. Jeffrey J. Archambault is head of the Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment at Marshall. He was equally pleased with the result of the strict AACSB review.
“The accounting faculty work very hard to provide the best education possible,” Archambault said. “Members of the advisory board not only help us to continually improve our programs, but also provide outstanding opportunities for our students. I am proud of our AACSB accreditation and the teamwork it represents.”
Jerry Trapnell is vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.
“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and
determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” Trapnell said. “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.”
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