UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business has maintained its accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), keeping its place among the less than five percent of the world’s business schools to have earned this hallmark of excellence.
AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools in the world. The reaccreditation of the college was unconditionally extended for an additional five years following the review.
“This affirmation of the college’s elite status is a testament to the work of its faculty, staff and students and our high standards of excellence,” Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of UNG, said in praising the achievement.
To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, during which the program must demonstrate a commitment to 15 standards. Each of the 15 standards provides guidelines for the business school in the areas of engagement, impact and innovation. In addition to the 15 standards, business schools must show a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement in the school’s learning goals in degree programs.
“AACSB accreditation requires hard work from everyone within an institution,” Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business, said. “However, that work is why accreditation is meaningful. I am very proud of the efforts of our students, faculty and professional staff who seek every day to build strong graduates and strong communities.”