Business students graduating this spring will be the first to enjoy Western’s most recent and perhaps most prestigious achievement since becoming a university.
Missouri Western State University joined an elite group of universities worldwide on Monday with the announcement that the Steven L. Craig School of Business achieved accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Fewer than 600 business schools worldwide have been recognized with this high level of accreditation. Missouri Western is now listed among the likes of prestigious schools including, Duke, Harvard and Yale. In addition, Western is one of only 48 schools worldwide to achieve the accreditation with only undergraduate programs. This accomplishment, which has been more than a decade in the making, affects Western in many ways.
In a press conference held Tuesday afternoon in the Blum Union President Robert Vartibedian referred to the accomplishment as a major milestone.
It is the ultimate mark of quality for a business school, he said. Only the finest schools in the world are accredited by AASCB international.
Receiving this accreditation is not an easy accomplishment he explained.
“For a long time faculty and staff have worked hard for this,” he said.
Vartibedian then thanked and congratulated interim Dean Carol Roever for her role in the process of achieving the accreditation.
Roever’s role as interim dean was instrumental in reaching this longtime goal. Roever wasn’t the only person to help make this dream a reality though.
“This accreditation represents a supreme team effort,” she said. “Our faculty is really the key ingredient of this accreditation.”
In order to achieve accreditation the Steven L Craig School of Business had to meet 21 AASCB standards. A commitment to continuous improvement and the presence of a high-quality teaching environment are just a few of the required standards that reflect directly on the staff.
Looking forward, Western has much to gain form all of the hard work.
Dr. Larry Lawson, who made the first steps towards accreditation during his time as chair for the previous business department, explained that the accreditation not only gives Western the ability to be more successful in the business community, but will also make it easier to recruit future students and faculty.
“Students will have an easier time getting jobs and getting into most graduate schools in the United States,” Lawson said.
Graduating senior business management major Mark Kennon will be one of the first to see these benefits.
“It’s an endorsement stamp,” Kennon said. “It states the level of quality for the education received.”