MSU Billings College of Business maintains prestigious AACSB Accreditation
February 22, 2016
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International praised the COB for its strong program that fosters 95 percent job placement for graduates.
Barbara Wheeling, College of Business, 657-2168
Carmen Price, University Relations & Communications, 657-2266
MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International has extended accreditation to the Montana State University Billings College of Business until the next accreditation review in 2019.
AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “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.”
The accreditation renewal is based on a peer review team recommendation following a site visit in November. The College of Business has been accredited since 2010.
The accreditation marks a tradition of excellence for the college, Barbara Wheeling, COB dean, said. She noted several commendations made by the review team regarding the college and its effective practices.
“The team was very impressed with the college’s efforts to realize the goals of the strategic plan, the students’ efforts to develop business plans for over 90 companies in the past five years and with the faculty’s efforts to enhance online teaching effectiveness,” Wheeling said.
Wheeling said the review team also cited student involvement in real-world projects that serve local and nonprofit organizations.
“Also highly noted is our 95 percent job placement rate for graduates,” Wheeling said. “This is outstanding and the review commends the College of Business on this success.”
The review team praised the effective utilization of its Business Advisory Board as a significant community resource and the College’s strong programs that support the efforts of the faculty, the college’s student organizations and their faculty advisors.