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Arkansas Tech University AACSB accreditation extended
Arkansas Tech University AACSB accreditation extended

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (April 3, 2015)--The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has announced that the Arkansas Tech University College of Business has extended its AACSB International accreditation for an additional five-year period.

AACSB first accredited the baccalaureate degree programs in business at Arkansas Tech in 2000. Officials from AACSB returned to campus in fall 2014, and their review has yielded extension of that accreditation for the Arkansas Tech College of Business until the next scheduled review during the 2019-20 academic year.

According to its website, AACSB accreditation is “known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.”

The Arkansas Tech College of Business offers Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in accounting, business data analytics, economics and finance and management and marketing. The Tech College of Business also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in business education and a Master of Science in Business Administration degree.

“The pursuit and maintenance of accreditations is an indicator of excellence for a university,” said Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robin E. Bowen. “I extend my congratulations to the faculty, staff and students in the College of Business for this achievement. AACSB accreditation is a point of pride for Arkansas Tech.”

Under standards adopted by the AACSB Accreditation Council in April 2013, schools seeking to achieve or extend accreditation through AACSB are critiqued based upon the engagement, innovation and impact of their business programs.

“We are among the first institutions to either gain or extend accreditation from AACSB through the 2013 standards,” said Dr. Ed. Bashaw, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Business. “Accreditation is a faculty-driven process that seeks to demonstrate the achievement of exacting standards in areas such as teaching, curriculum development, scholarship and service to others. The extension of AACSB accreditation is validation of the efforts by our faculty. I express my appreciation and congratulations to my faculty colleagues for their continued excellent work to benefit students in the Arkansas Tech College of Business.”

AACSB was founded in 1916. The mission statement of AACSB International states that the organization “advances quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership and value-added services.”

There are 727 business schools in 48 countries and territories that have earned AACSB accreditation. Less than one-third of American schools of business have met the standards and requirements for accreditation by AACSB. 

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