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ECU College of Business Earns Accreditation Extension

By Jennifer Brezina

Greenville, N.C. – The College of Business at East Carolina University has received a formal six-year accreditation extension from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide.  The College of Business has been continuously accredited since 1967.

Dr. Frederick Niswander, dean of the College of Business, said, "We have accomplished some amazing, important, and long-lasting things as a team during the last five or six years ‒ especially our efforts related to the new Leadership and Professional Development curriculum, establishment of the Center for Student Success, and continuous improvement of our high quality online programs. This accreditation extension is externally validated evidence that our efforts can – and do – make a positive difference in our students, our college, our university, our community, and our world."

As part of the re-accreditation process, the College of Business prepared a 100-page document that details accomplishments over the past five years, including governance processes, student learning outcomes, innovative activities, as well as information about faculty and programs. In addition, an AACSB Peer Review Team visited ECU from Feb. 14-16.

To maintain AACSB accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous review every five years, during which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, commitment to continuous improvement, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. 

Less than five percent of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation.  The College of Business at ECU is one of only two institutions in North Carolina – and only 120 institutions worldwide – that have been continually accredited since 1967 or before.

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This story appeared originally in the April 30, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at