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By Katie Bild
UW-RF University Communications

JAN. 27, 2006--A team of higher education professionals is visiting the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Jan. 29 - Feb. 1 as part of a process that will determine accreditation status for the College of Business and Economics.

The CBE has been working on becoming accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International through a five-year process - since 2001 when it transitioned from a School of Business and Economics to a college. Membership in this group of accredited colleges is an honor--only 30 percent of business colleges in the country and 15 percent internationally have earned its approval.

The AACSB International Peer Review Team will meet with the CBE advisory board, faculty, assessment committee, curriculum committee, student organizations, Chancellor Don Betz, Provost Ginny Coombs as well as tour campus facilities and administrative offices that support the College. Reviewers also will meet with students informally and sit in on at least two courses: a business strategy undergraduate course and a graduate finance course.

The team consists of three business college deans: George Stevens of Kent State University, Dixie Mills of Illinois State University, and Rex Fuller of Colorado State University at Pueblo, who was previously an administrator at UW-La Crosse.

The team will assess the College's readiness for accreditation and will submit its evaluations to the AACSB International. This site visit could be followed by additional recommendations to achieve accreditation.

"This will make a difference in student and faculty recruiting," said CBE Dean Barbara Nemecek. "It will affect everything from graduates who are job-seeking, to employers who will want to associate with us."

In addition, if the accreditation process is successful then alumni and current students can consider their degree from CBE as one from an accredited college.

Internationally, the process included producing an almost 500-page document describing the mission statement, the vision and values of the CBE, and how the College and University support them. Other documents have also been completed since then to answer specific questions from the AASCB team.

"We are very proud of our faculty and students at the University and are hopefully nearing the end of the accreditation process," Nemecek said.

Accredited business colleges in the area and state include: UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, both with Ph.D. programs; UW-Oshkosh; UW- Eau Claire; UW- La Crosse and UW-Whitewater, as well as the University of Minnesota at Mankato and Duluth.         

For more information AASCB or the CBE, contact Nemecek at 715/425-3335.


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