|Receiving the certificate of accreditation for the College of Business Administration||Receiving the certificate of accreditation for the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy|
The College of Business Administration (CBA) at The University of Akron has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 568 schools of business, or less than 5% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.
Founded in 1916, AACSB International is an association of more than 1,100 educational institutions, business and other organizations in 70 countries that are dedicated to the advancement of management education worldwide. In addition to service as the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at various locations around the world.
The CBA has attained three levels of AACSB accreditation: undergraduate programs in business, graduate programs in business, and separate accounting accreditation. Only 171 schools world-wide have earned separate accreditation of their accounting programs.
To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, during which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the AACSB's 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.
The University of Akron's achievement was recognized in April at the 2009 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
"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."
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the college and would not be possible without the efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff," states Dr. Ravi Krovi, new acting dean of the CBA. "Maintenance of AACSB accreditation reaffirms our belief in providing a learning environment that emphasizes student engagement and success. It reflects the commitment of our faculty to quality instruction, professional development and continuous improvement.