Harrison College of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation


Photo of Robert A. Dempster Hall that houses the Donald L. Harrison College of Business

The Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast is housed in Robert A. Dempster Hall.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 25, 2011 — The Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB InternationalᾰThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving  global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. 

“We are pleased that AACSB has recognized the high quality of the Harrison business programs by extending accreditation,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast. “This affirmation places us among the top business programs in the world and provides a very strong signal to students that they will receive the highest possible return on their educational investment by studying business with us”.

Only 620 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.  To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 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.  For information on the global distribution of accredited programs, visit http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accreditedmembers.asp

“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and 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.” 

Maintaining AACSB accreditation is a 24 month  process, McDougall said. The process begins with the preparation of a maintenance of accreditation report that speaks to the strengths and distinctive features of the business program, including the qualifications of the faculty, a description of processes that ensure continuous improvement, and objective measurements of student learning.  The report is reviewed by three external readers. After reviewing the documentation, the team visits campus to confirm their judgments about the qualities that exist relative to the standards that define AACSB accreditation.  To ensure continuous improvement, a maintenance of accreditation review is completed every five years, McDougall said.

The Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast provides contemporary business studies designed to meet the educational and professional needs in southeast Missouri, while attracting students nationally and internationally. The faculty is committed to providing business studies that will support tomorrow’s business successes by promoting a curriculum that extends into the future while taking advantage of established concepts and best business practices today.

Through the accomplishments of its students and faculty members and with a commitment to continuous improvement and excellence, the faculty sees the Donald L. Harrison College of Business becoming the college that sets the example for other colleges of business with similar missions. As a result of its academic growth and development, the faculty foresees a stronger college identity enhanced by local, regional, national and international linkages, which benefit students, faculty and the University’s larger community. The stronger college identity that emerges from the accomplishments of the members of the business faculty and business students affirm the high quality of the college’s programs.

Southeast Donald L. Harrison College of Business’ achievement will be recognized April 28-30 at the 2011 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in New York, N.Y. 

AACSB International is an association of almost 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. AACSB accreditation is the mark of quality distinction most widely sought after by business schoolsᾰless than 5 percent worldwide have earned the achievement. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, visit www.aacsb.edu.

To learn more about the Donald L. Harrison College of Business visit http://www.semo.edu/hcb/.  To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International website at http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/. For more information, contact Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, at (573) 651-2112.