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April 9, 2012
  • Gwendolynne Larson, assistant director of marketing and media relations, Emporia State University,, (620) 341-5454.

AACSB reaffirms accreditation for Emporia State’s School of Business

EMPORIA, KAN. — The 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.

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.” 

Emporia State’s School of Business offers programs in accounting, business administration, business education, information systems, management and marketing as well as master’s 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.

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 USNews & World Report.

Emporia State’s reaffirmation will be recognized at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego April 29 through May 1.

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. 

The Celebration of Excellence will recognize all stakeholders of the School who have contributed to the accreditation and those who have excelled in various different ways. Additional activities involving alumni and the community are being considered. Details of these activities will be made available as plans are finalized. 

About Emporia State University

Founded in 1863 as Kansas State Normal — the state’s premier institution to educate teachers — Emporia State University offers 42 undergraduate and 27 graduate degrees in the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management and The Teachers College. SLIM also offers a Ph.D. program. ESU is ranked as a Tier 1 Top 100 Regional University in the 2012 edition of “Best Colleges” compiled by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Business, please visit

About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of almost 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia Pacific Headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, please visit:




Emporia State University has two honorary student organizations (Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma) that are recognized by ACCSB 
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