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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact :Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 27, 2009) – The Adrian and Margaret Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies at UCM has attained continued accreditation of the college’s business and accountancy programs by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Joan Mansfield, dean of the Harmon College, announced the continuation of accreditation following notification by the AACSB International Peer Review Team and confirmation by the AACSB Board of Directors. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
The announcement of continued accreditation followed an on-site visit in late 2009 by an accreditation team that performed a comprehensive peer review of the Harmon College and the School of Accountancy, which is located within the college.
“The AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide,” said Mansfield. “The Harmon College continues to confirm its commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.”
The review team noted several exceptional practices that demonstrate leadership and high quality continuous improvement in management education in the Harmon College. Among them were the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, the Integrative Business Experience, and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development and the Small Business and Technology Development Center.
Also noted was the bridge course available to accounting majors in the School of Accountancy, providing an enhanced understanding of the accounting cycle. The school’s internship program and placement efforts also were recognized.
The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Accountancy have enjoyed continuous AACSB accreditation since 1995. Only 579 member institutions, or less than five percent worldwide, have earned accreditation, of which only 170 have additional specialized accreditation for their accounting programs.
To realize AACSB 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 specific to accounting.
For more information about the UCM’s Harmon College of Business Administration and the School of Accountancy, visit www.ucmo.edu/bcba.