The Donald L. Harrison College of Business and Computing (HCBC) at Southeast Missouri State University has been reaccredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Established in 1916, AACSB is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders. For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education.
“AACSB accreditation is the gold standard in business education,” said Dr. Alberto Davila, dean of the HCBC. “Employers, prospective students and faculty seek this accreditation as a signal that the College offers students and faculty an environment for innovation in business learning. Obtaining and keeping this accreditation is a rigorous undertaking and serves as external validation of the great things our HCBC is doing.”
In Missouri just over 20 percent of institutions offering an associate’s or higher degree in business have met AACSB’s accreditation standards. Worldwide, a total of 882 institutions across 57 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business.
“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”
HCBC was commended by AASCB for its collaborative culture and engagement between faculty, students, staff and the community, and its review highlighted the College and University’s programs.
“At Southeast and HCBC, our primary objective is to train students today, so they can successfully navigate the future needs of the marketplace, and we are strongly committed to providing students with excellence in business education that includes learning opportunities, both in the classroom and using experiential learning,” Davila said. “AACSB accreditation recognizes the faculty, staff and students’ drive and what we do at HCBC is innovative and impactful. We are always looking to the future, and we will continue to set processes and policies for success.”
In fall 2020, HCBC had 1,657 undergraduates majoring in accounting, marketing, management, international business, economics, finance, business administration, healthcare administration and hospitality management. Also, in fall 2020, the College had 126 graduate students enrolled in the MBA program and the Master of Science in Management.
The College offers courses in a variety of platforms, including face to face, Web and blended, and in a variety of timeframes, including 16-week, eight-week, six-week and four-week. The College had 229 undergraduates and 88 graduate students pursuing online business degrees in fall 2020.
For more information about Southeast’s Harrison College of Business and Computing, visit semo.edu/business-computing.
For more information about AACSB International accreditation, visit aacsb.edu/accreditation.