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Posted: Wednesday, April 11th 2012 at 4:42pm

NGCSU maintains prestigious AACSB business accreditation

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DAHLONEGA - The Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

Only 643 schools of business, or less than 5% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

“AACSB-accredited schools are considered the top business schools in the world,” said Dr. Richard Oates, acting dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business. “The accreditation process evaluates a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications, and programs to ensure that the school meets or exceeds the educational expectations of students and potential employers.”

The business administration program in the Mike Cottrell School of Business is the university’s most popular program of study, with about 950 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fall 2011. The school offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration with majors in accounting, finance, management, and marketing. The school also has a Master of Business Administration program that is designed for working professionals.

“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.”

To learn more about North Georgia College & State University’s Mike Cottrell School of Business, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/bschool. Or to learn more about AACSB Accreditation, visit: www.aacsb.edu/accreditation.

Link: NGCSU Mike Cottrell School of Business
Link: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
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