University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Earns AACSB International Accreditation
MBA Blog / 21st February 2017
AACSB International (AACSB) announces that University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has earned accreditation for its School of Business and Economics. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.
“AACSB congratulates University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and associate dean and head of school Gary E. Mullins on earning accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “AACSB Accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees. The entire UWSP team—including the administration, faculty, directors, staff, and students—are to be commended for their roles in earning accreditation.”
AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 786 business schools in 53 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 186 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.
“AACSB accreditation is an external recognition of our commitment to establishing and maintaining quality business education for our students, our economy and the people of the greater central Wisconsin region,” said Mullins, head of the UW-Stevens Point School of Business and Economics. “Current and prospective students can be confident they are learning the skills and abilities critical to success in global business.”
Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, engagement with an AACSB assigned mentor, and peer review. During the multi-year process the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s Accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.
“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn AACSB Accreditation, and I commend University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for its dedication to management education, as well as its leadership in the community,” said Reid. “Through accreditation, UWSP has not only met specific standards of excellence, but has also made a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to its students.”
AACSB International also announced that Asia University-Taiwan, ISC Paris, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Soochow University, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Thammasat University have earned accreditation in business, and Binghamton University-SUNY has earned accreditation in accounting.