Montana State University

MSU business college maintains accreditation

June 11, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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The Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, or JJCBE, has announced that it has maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The association is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

“AACSB accreditation is an important external validation of the high quality of our programs,” said JJCBE Dean Kregg Aytes. “The reviewers who visited us earlier this year were extremely thorough, and it was rewarding when they commended us for our Professional Advantage program, particularly the Professional Coaching Clinic. They were also impressed with the way we have integrated critical thinking throughout the program.”

AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs, according to Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. Today, there are 672 business schools in nearly 50 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” Reid said. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

MSU’s JJCBE offers four undergraduate options of study: accounting, finance, management and marketing, as well as five minors: accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship and small business management, finance and international business. It also offers a master of professional accountancy degree. Last fall, the college reported an enrollment of 1,151 undergraduates and 42 graduate students.

More information about the college is available at http://www.montana.edu/cob/. To learn more about AACSB accreditation, visit http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.

Contact: Audrey Lee, (406) 994-7026 or audrey.lee@montana.edu