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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International has extended accreditation of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Business, reaffirming the college’s gold standard of business education.

For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by only 5% of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher.

UWO’s College of Business (COB) has been accredited by AACSB since 1970 and is the only nationally accredited business school in northeastern Wisconsin.

“AACSB congratulates UW Oshkosh on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Building on a strong liberal arts foundation, UWO’s undergraduate program features nine majors in accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, 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.

Dean Barbara Rau said COB faculty have worked very hard to continually improve their practices to provide the best business education for UWO students.

“I am so proud that AACSB has recognized this hard work and, in particular, our sincere commitment to the personal and professional development of our students. We have been on this continuous improvement journey with AACSB for 50 years, and there is no question that we are a better college because we strive to meet their very high standards.” said Rau.

To achieve re-accreditation the College of Business faculty had to conduct a rigorous internal evaluation, engage with an AACSB-assigned mentor and undergo a peer-reviewed evaluation.

During this multi-year path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty,and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

Today, 862 institutions across 56 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation, while 189 institutions hold supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

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