January 11, 2013 by Art Ruiloba, NMSU News Center
The College of Business maintained its global accreditation with a seal of approval by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Otherwise known as the AACSB International, it is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.
According to the AACSB International website, less than five percent of the world’s 13,000 business schools have earned this accreditation in either business and/or accounting.
Garrey Carruthers, dean of the NMSU College of Business and vice president for economic development, said his administration and faculty worked diligently the past four years preparing for the accreditation review.
“I want to credit my administration, faculty and staff, especially Kathy Brook, academic associate dean at the college, for leading a group of outstanding individuals in this complex project,” Carruthers said. “Meeting the AACSB International standards validates the quality of education offered at NMSU’s College of Business. Given my experience as a reviewer, our college is proactive in maintaining the standards required by this international organization.”
Prior to this year’s accreditation, the college was one of the last business schools to possess a 10-year accreditation. In recent years, AACSB International has switched to a five-year accreditation. The college has maintained certification of its undergraduate programs since 1972 and added graduate level programs in 1981. The college was founded in 1964.
Brook said a team of five department heads did a vast amount of work in preparing for the AACSB peer review team. She said reviewers focused heavily on faculty research and peer publications because of the college’s graduate and doctoral programs.
She said maintaining faculty that is professionally and academically qualified is a priority.
“Reaffirmation of accreditation enhances our position to continuously attract quality faculty, as well as new students,” Brook said. “People enrolled or planning to attend NMSU should feel confident that their business education meets industry standards. Graduating from an accredited business college speaks highly of the individual and many employers recognize this as a valuable endorsement. This accolade and accreditation exemplifies the work of our faculty, and staff, and recognizes the success of our students and enhances their future opportunities.”