Monday, January 9, 2012
The Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia has maintained its business and accounting 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 bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.
Only 643 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain accreditation, a business or accounting program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its 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.
“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.”
“AACSB accreditation verifies the excellence of the Richards College of Business and is a testament to the commitment of the faculty and staff who lead the programs and initiatives,” said Dr. Faye McIntyre, dean of the RCOB. “Maintenance of accreditation is a signal of excellence of our faculty, staff, students, business partners, and programs. Our efforts have been recognized and rewarded with this accreditation decision.”
“I am delighted to receive confirmation that the Richards College of Business has had its accreditation for both its business and accounting degree programs renewed by the AACSB,” said UWG President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna. “As a former business dean myself, I know how rigorous and demanding the process is -- I offer my sincere congratulations to Dean Faye McIntyre, the leadership team, the faculty, staff and students, and to the broader community of supporters.”