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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business recently earned reaccreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Of the approximate 1,600 schools in the country offering business degree programs only 31 percent maintain this honor, according to the AACSB. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

“Our faculty and staff work exceptionally hard to maintain the rigorous educational standards set by AACSB. We are proud to be one of the less than 5 percent of all business schools that earn this accreditation worldwide,” Interim Dean Scott Beyer said.

The UW Oshkosh College of Business has been accredited by AACSB since 1970 and is the only nationally accredited business school in the region. Building on a strong liberal arts foundation, UWO’s undergraduate program features nine majors in accounting, economics, finance, human resources, information systems, interactive web management, management, marketing and supply chain management. Undergraduates are also offered opportunities that most schools limit to graduate students, including the Student Managed Endowment Fund and unique hands-on capstone courses.

“With all the talent we have in our regional high schools, it is important that high-performing students have an affordable, accredited business degree option that can compete with the best schools in the country. From here they can launch an incredible business career or prepare to attend graduate schools of the highest caliber,” incoming Dean Barbara Rau said.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the world’s premier accrediting body dedicated to advancing business education. Achieving reaccreditation is a rigorous process that includes self-evaluation and peer review. Business programs must demonstrate continuous improvement in the areas of engagement, innovation and impact as evidence of compliance with AACSB standards. The reaccreditation process is repeated every five years.

“AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “During this peer-review process schools must demonstrate alignment with AACSB’s global accreditation standards, as well as how they encourage engagement, innovation, and impact across the communities they serve.”

Currently, the College of Business has 1,762 undergraduate students and more than 400 graduate students enrolled in its programs.

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