Western is pleased to announce that as of Feb. 12, the Steven L. Craig school of Business has maintained its AACSB accreditation.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is an exclusive international academic association dedicated to the progression of collegiate business schools. There are only 749 AACSB accredited institutions in the world, making it the gold standard for business programs.
AACSB Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation officer Robert Reid was pleased to accredit Western’s business school.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” Reid said. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”
Michael Lane, Dean of the Craig School of Business, views the accreditation as a well-deserved recognition of the quality of Western’s business programs.
“The original application process is actually a five-year process, which we went through from 2005-2010. Then every five years you go through a reaccreditation, which is what we just did, and that is an affirmation of the quality of the program. They look at the credentials of the faculty, the quality of the students and the program as a whole. As we are offering the program we are also measuring whether or not the students are learning what they need to learn for the employers out there,” Lane said. “Accreditation should be the byproduct of a high quality program, so we really view the process as just validating the quality of our program. We assume now, since we have had the original accreditation and we continue to maintain the quality of our program then it will naturally reoccur every five years.”
Western President Robert Vartabedian was thrilled with the continuation of the business school’s accreditation.