Southeast’s Harrison College of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation


AACSBsealCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 12, 2016 — The Donald L. Harrison College of Business (HCB) at Southeast Missouri State University has been notified it has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The 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.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 755 business schools in 51 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 182 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

In fall 2015, the HCB had 1,498 undergraduates majoring in accounting, marketing, management, international business, economics, finance, business administration, healthcare administration and hospitality management. The College, in fall 2015, also had 200 graduate students enrolled in both the MBA program and the Master of Science in Management. In January, Southeast’s MBA program was ranked the eighth most affordable MBA program nationally by Top Management Degrees.

The HCB 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 165 undergraduates and 93 graduate students pursuing online business degrees in fall 2015.

More than 90 percent of Southeast’s business faculty are terminally qualified with doctoral degrees. The College also offers exceptionally strong international programming with short-term and semester-based programs for students and faculty. The College also is noted for its Executive in Residence and Speaker Forums.

 Dr. Gerald McDougall, interim provost at Southeast, said, “The continuing accreditation of the business programs offered through the Donald L. Harrison College of Business by AACSB affirms the commitment of the faculty and staff of the college to excellence and student success.  The reaccreditation review involves a rigorous examination of the college’s strategic planning processes, the quality of the business faculty, and the performance of business students against clearly articulated learning objectives.

“The faculty and staff of the Harrison College Business under the leadership of Interim Dean Johnson were diligent in preparing for the review team’s visit,” he continued. “They did an outstanding job of telling the Harrison story – preparing students to succeed in their professional endeavors in an increasingly complex, globally competitive business environment.”

Dr. Gary Johnson, interim dean of the College of Business, added, “On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the Harrison College of Business, I could not be more proud that AACSB, the premier accrediting organization for schools of business, has finalized reaccreditation of our undergraduate and graduate programs.  Being AACSB accredited is an affirmation of the quality of our faculty, our students and our processes. Clearly, HCB faculty are engaging students in the most current business practices and technology leading to placement in the best companies in America.  Given the relatively small number of business programs with AACSB accreditation (approximately 25 percent in the United States and 5 percent worldwide), it is especially gratifying for us that we are in the ‘Spotlight of Success.’”

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