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UCM School of Business Administration, Accountancy Program Earn Continued AACSB Accreditation

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 2, 2015) – The School of Business Administration and, separately, the Accountancy program in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies at the University of Central Missouri have attained continued accreditation of  undergraduate and graduate degree programs by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Roger Best, dean of the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, announced the continued accreditations following notification by the AACSB Peer Review Teams of the confirmation by the AACSB Board of Directors.

The announcement of continued accreditation of the programs follows site visits and review of prepared documentation of each program by the peer review team during 2014.

“The continued accreditation of these programs reflects the dedication of our faculty, staff and students in maintaining the high standards of AASCB in all aspects of our business and accounting programs,” Best said. “It reaffirms the commitment of the Harmon College to provide excellent opportunities with a singular focus on student success.”

The review team noted several strengths, including the successful transition by the business administration faculty to the new college structure and the support provided to students by faculty through strong student-faculty relationships. They also noted the strong relationship between the School of Business Administration and the university’s career services providers.

In a separate review of the School of Accountancy, the review team noted the strong relationship between faculty and students, the development of a strong tax curriculum, an effective advisory board and the commitment of senior faculty members during a period of significant change in the structure of the school and college as program strengths.

The School of Business has been continuously accredited by the AASCB since 1995. The Accounting Program earned a separate accreditation in 2000. Each accreditation has been continued by AACSB for five years, with review scheduled during the 2019-2020 academic year. The UCM School of Business Administration is one of 716 business schools in 48 countries to earn the AACSB accreditation, and the School of Accountancy is one of only 181 institutions with a separate accounting accreditation.

To realize AASCB accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB International business accreditation, which requires an institution to undergo an internal review and evaluation process. In addition to developing and implementing a mission-driven plan to satisfy the 21 business standards, accounting accreditation requires the satisfaction of an additional 15 standards that are specific to accounting.

For more information about the Harmon College of Business Administration and Professional Studies and the School of Business Administration and School of Accountancy, visit ucmo.edu/hcbps.