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College of Business and Economics Earns International Accreditation

APRIL 13, 2007--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls learned April 12 that the College of Business and Economics successfully received accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AASCB-International will announce that nine schools are recommended for accreditation at the Association's annual meeting on April 22.

Chancellor Don Betz praised the college for its successful effort as it pursued the five-year process simultaneously to restructuring from a school to a college, while also taking on the additional obligation of initiating the Master of Management program, with its research requirement.

"I am delighted to receive the official notification that the College of Business and Economics has been formally inducted into the association," said Betz. "This 900-member international accrediting agency for colleges of business is well-respected and includes the most well-known colleges in the world.

"This outcome is the result of several years of persistent effort on the part of the college's faculty, students, alumni and supporters. Dean Barbara Nemecek provided outstanding leadership throughout the process, and I also commend Associate Dean Brian Schultz and the entire faculty of the college.

"This is a proud day for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and we look forward to the College of Business and Economics continuing to distinguish itself now as a full member of AACSB."

Dean Nemecek also expressed her delight at the announcement. "We are indeed proud of our AACSB International accreditation--a hallmark of excellence in business education. This honor recognizes the quality programs in the college, and challenges us to continue providing high level educational experiences for future business leaders. I greatly appreciate the university-wide support of UWRF administrators, faculty and staff in accomplishing this goal."

In making the announcement, UWRF becomes part of an elite group that makes up less than 10 percent of the world's business schools that have achieved business and/or accounting accreditation from AACSB.

Earning accreditation is a three- to seven-year process where a business school undergoes meticulous internal review, evaluation and adjustment. During this period, schools develop and implement a plan to help them meet the 21 AACSB standards that require highly qualified faculty, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and keeping curricula responsive to the needs of business. Accounting accreditation further requires the satisfaction of an additional set of 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

"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. "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."

The newly accredited schools in business are Helsinki School of Economics in Finland, University of Illinois at Springfield, North Georgia College and State University, Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., Sejong University in South Korea, Shenandoah University in Virginia, Sonoma State University, and Tsinghua University in China.

Twenty-eight universities also received re-accreditation, including UW-Madison, UC-Berkeley, University of Colorado, Brigham Young University and Boston University.


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