AACSB reaffirms accreditation


By Gwendolynne Larson, Assistant Director of Marketing and Media Relations

AACSB accreditationThe School of Business at Emporia State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — 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 fewer than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. Overall, 43 countries and territories are represented by accredited schools.

Emporia State’s School of Business offers programs in accounting, business administration, business education, information systems, management and marketing as well as master of business administration and master of science in business education. Programs are offered both face-to-face and online on the Emporia State campus as well as Butler Community College in Andover and El Dorado and Emporia State’s Metro Learning Center in Overland Park.

“Offering our programs in multiple locations and different formats benefits both traditional and non-traditional students who may be balancing life, careers and education,” said Dr. Joseph Wen, dean of the School of Business.

To maintain accreditation, Emporia State’s program had to undergo a rigorous internal review at which it demonstrated 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.” 

Not only do students benefit from the high caliber of programs recognized by the AACSB, they also benefit from the reasonable cost of tuition. Emporia State’s School of Business has been named as a best value for both in-state and out-of-state students by U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Business is planning a number of activities to celebrate its reaffirmation of accreditation. An informal celebration with faculty, students and staff is being planned for this spring and a more formal Celebration of Excellence in the fall.