SC State’s Business Program Attains Reaffirmation of AACSB Accreditation

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of BusinessThe Business Program at SC State University has maintained its business accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).  Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. 

Only 593 schools of business, or less than 5 percent 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 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.

“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, 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.” 

Dr. Robert Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences at SC State, recently received the certificate of accreditation on behalf of the University at the annual meeting and international conference of AACSB in Anaheim, Calif.  “Our Business Program has an outstanding faculty, excellent students and strong programs,” stated Barrett. “The AACSB peer review team commended us for excellent work in those three primary areas of evaluation.”

Dr. George E. Cooper, president of SC State University, agrees. “This accreditation is further evidence of the excellence of academic programs at SC State University,” said President Cooper.  “SC State is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in South Carolina with this distinction.  We are proud of our Business Program’s faculty, staff and students on this outstanding achievement.”

To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International website at: