Concord’s Business Division Seeking AACSB International Accreditation
Athens, W.Va. - Concord University Division of Business Chair, Dr. Kendra Boggess, announced that the Division is “working to achieve AACSB International accreditation and that we are officially engaged in the accreditation process of our business program. We were notified on December 12 that our ‘accreditation plan’ was accepted by an AACSB International reviewing committee.”
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) was founded in 1916 and began its accreditation function with the adoption of the first standards in 1919. Additional standards for programs in accountancy were adopted in 1980. AACSB International members approved mission-linked accreditation standards and the peer review process in 1991. In 2003, members approved a revised set of standards that are relevant and applicable to all business programs globally and which support and encourage excellence in management education worldwide.
Accreditation is a process of voluntary, non-governmental review of educational institutions and programs. Institutional accreditation reviews entire colleges and universities. Specialized agencies award accreditation for professional programs and academic units in particular fields of study. As a specialized agency, AACSB International grants accreditation for undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting programs.
AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation assures stakeholders that business schools: manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant mission, advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship, provide high-caliber teaching of quality and current curricula, cultivate meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty, and produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.
To achieve accreditation, business programs must satisfy the expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. These standards are mission-linked. During the accreditation process, Concord University will be visited and evaluated by business school deans with detailed knowledge of management education, applying accreditation standards that are widely accepted in the educational community.
AACSB International is a not-for-profit organization consisting of more than 900 educational organizations and corporations. Its mission is excellence in management education in colleges and universities. Headquartered in Tampa, Fl., AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency and service organization for business schools.
“We have just begun the process,” stated Dr. Boggess. “This announcement was reviewed by AACSB International and we want to make sure that our students and the Concord community understand that we are beginning the accreditation process and that we will have to demonstrate to AACSB International that we meet their criteria before we are granted accreditation. “We appreciate the support that we have already been shown by Concord’s administration and the academic community upon which this will have impact.”
“Accreditation through AACSB will bring additional prestige to a degree that our regional business community already holds in high regard. The review process will take about five years.”
For more information about the accreditation process or the business program of study at Concord University, contact Dr. Boggess at 1-304-384-5395 or Kendra@concord.edu. For more information about AACSB, click on http://www.aacsb.edu/.
PHOTO: A divisional committee has been formed to pursue AACSB International accreditation. Committee members include: (back row) Dr. Muhammad M. Islam, Dr. D. William Deck, Dr. Nancy Niles, Dr. Christopher H. Ziemnowicz and (seated) Dr. Kendra S. Boggess. Dr. Susan B. Robinett also serves on the committee (she was not available for the photograph). Other members of the faculty have and will also be important participants in meeting AACSB International’s expectations.