College of Business Maintains Prestigious Accreditation

The College of Business at the University of Central Arkansas has maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

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% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years. UCA’s College of Business received initial AACSB accreditation in 1984.

“After joining the ASCSB, a school must demonstrate high quality in its programs through a multi-year process that begins with a well-defined mission and strategy, the establishment of learning goals and the measurement of those goals, and demonstrate that they maintain a highly qualified faculty,” said Pat Cantrell, dean of the College of Business said.

The achievement of UCA’s College of Business will be recognized on April 29 at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego.

“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.”

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