The UTSA College of Business earned reaccreditation in business and accounting from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. With only 643 accredited business schools and 177 accredited accounting programs, AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
“Our AACSB accreditation places us among the world’s elite business schools,” said Interim Dean Daniel R. Hollas. “Less than five percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. This reaccreditation affirms the quality of our academic programs, faculty members and student services and programs.”
During the review process, the UTSA College of Business was recognized for its Career Action Program which provides a broad approach to professional career development for business students; the college’s bilingual business certificate program which provides business students with essential Spanish language skills in core disciplines; and for its burgeoning entrepreneurship program that has tripled in size and culminates with the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition.
The college’s accounting program also went through a separate reaccreditation process. “We are proud to maintain our AACSB accreditation,” said James Groff, chair of the Department of Accounting. “The committee commended our department for our diversity as well as innovative programs incorporating professional development and ethics.”
“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.”
Accredited business schools are required to go through a rigorous internal review process every five years to maintain accreditation. Schools must demonstrate commitment to 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students as well as a commitment to continuous improvement. The UTSA College of Business has been continuously accredited by AACSB since 1980.
The UTSA College of Business will be recognized at the end of the month at the AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
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