Confirming Global Quality and Distinction in Business Education
WCU has extended its accreditation in business with AACSB International (AACSB), a global nonprofit association that connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.
Since 1916, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education. Today, a total of 935 institutions across 59 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business.
Evan Leach, dean of the College of Business and Public Management, noted, “Our quest for reaccreditation was a real team effort in which our faculty, staff and students played a significant role in the process. It is great to have external affirmation of the hard work that everyone has put in to make our business programs strong and impactful.”
Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multiyear path, schools focus 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.
“Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”