The Edmond Sun

April 7, 2014

OSU’s Spears School of Business earns accreditation approval from AACSB


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business was notified recently that its accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International has been extended for a full five-year period.

The ACCSB International accreditation is for all of the Spears School’s academic programs, with the exception of the master’s and doctoral programs in economics, which are not subject to accreditation. In a separate process, the School of Accounting also had its accreditation renewed for the next five years.

There are only 182 institutions worldwide that have received AACSB accreditation for both the business school and the accounting program; and there are only two such institutions in Oklahoma.

“We are extremely pleased to have our accreditation renewed as it reinforces our commitment to high quality business education and the many wonderful programs offered by the Spears School of Business,” said Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School. “All the credit goes to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors who have worked diligently over the past five years to help the Spears School to this level of excellence.”

The Spears School’s extension of accreditation period was approved in March by the AACSB’s Continuous Improvement Review Committee and the Board of Directors following a January campus visit by a peer review team from the accrediting body.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s or doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB accreditation is considered a standard for quality in business education, and it is earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

Oklahoma State’s business school has been fully accredited by AACSB International since 1958, and the Spears School is celebrating 100 years of business education in 2014 (spears100.okstate.edu).

To learn more about the Spears School of Business visit spears.okstate.edu. Or to learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International website at: http://www.aacsb.edu/

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