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Another Indicator of Quality: LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business Reaccredited by AACSB

01/11/2012 11:27 AM

BATON ROUGE – Since 1931, the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously been included in an elite group of business schools worldwide that have received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB. With its thorough efforts to meet all requirements, the E. J. Ourso College was notified it has once again received AACSB accreditation.


To become accredited, a school must go through an extensive application process involving rigorous self-evaluations, peer-reviews, committee-reviews and in-depth strategic plan development.


“AACSB accreditation is certainly a great achievement that demonstrates the high caliber of our faculty, staff and students. This reaccreditation is the equivalent of receiving a Good Housekeeping seal of approval for quality in our research productivity and teaching,” E. J. Ourso College Dean Eli Jones said. “Our current and prospective students should feel very good about our commitment to providing a high-quality education; this reaffirmation of accreditation is a very strong indicator that we have outstanding programs, which continue to produce outstanding graduates who go on to be productive and ethical businesspeople.”               


Lynne Richardson, dean of the college of business at the University of Mary Washington and former dean of the College of Business and Industry at Mississippi State University, coordinated the E. J. Ourso College’s reaccreditation efforts. She led a peer-review team consisting of deans from the University of Kentucky, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington in a thorough review of the credentials of the college’s faculty, learning goals for the students and the college’s system for assessing the extent to which the students meet those learning goals. The review team’s report then went before AACSB’s International Board of Directors for review and approval. All AACSB-accredited institutions must enter the maintenance of accreditation process every five years.


AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. The AACSB accreditation standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.


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