Coles Annual Report 2019-2020

AACSB Accreditation

Michael J. Coles College of Business Once Again Earns Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

In January 2020, the Michael J. Coles College of business was successfully reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The Coles College of Business has maintained AACSB accreditation for the past 25 years. AACSB accreditation is the most sought-after stamp of approval for business schools worldwide, one that less than 5 percent of schools achieve. “AACSB International provides the gold standard for business school accreditations,” said Robin Cheramie, dean of Coles College. “It means quality for our students, quality for our faculty, and a college-wide emphasis on continuous improvement. Earning this prestigious accreditation reaffirms our faculty and staff’s unwavering support for our students and programs.” To maintain AACSB accreditation, the Coles College of Business must undergo a rigorous review by academic leaders of peer business schools every five years. As part of the review, colleges must demonstrate their commitment to 21 standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. “AACSB congratulates Kennesaw State University and the Coles College of Business on extending its accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. Kennesaw State’s and the

Coles College’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.” The Coles College maintains a separate AACSB accreditation for its accounting program, which was also renewed this year. Only 182 schools – or 2 percent of all AACSB-accredited business schools – are dual certified in business and accounting. “Earning AACSB accounting accreditation demonstrates that our school has met the highest standards for curriculum development in both undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Steve Smalt, director of the Coles College School of Accountancy. “We are proud of the exceptional impact our faculty and staff have exhibited in teaching, research and service over the past five years.” AACSB International, founded in 1916, is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.



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