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Stamp of Approval
For a business college, accreditation means everything—easier student recruitment, better jobs, and graduate school opportunities for students upon graduation. Fewer than 10% of U.S. business schools are accredited.
So last April was a true milestone for UWRF’s College of Business and Economics. Eight proud members of the college were on hand in Tampa, Florida, to accept the stamp of approval at the annual meeting of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
“We devoted six years of our lives to this. It’s part of our culture,” said College of Business and Economics Dean Barb Nemecek, referring to the efforts of her faculty and staff.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. The UW-River Falls college of business was among eight newly accredited schools. “These schools have met rigorous standards of excellence, as well as made a commitment to ongoing improvement that ensures that they will deliver a high quality education to students,” Trapnell concluded.
The College of Business and Economics grew out of the school of business and economics in 2001. “We are unique,” says Nemecek, who notes that most colleges wait to become more established before immersing themselves in the challenge of the accreditation process. UW-River Falls joins UW-Madison, Brigham Young, Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard universities—just to name a few—in the family of AACSB International accredited schools.
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