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News Release| College of Business and Economics; Cal State L.A.

April 23, 2012

Cal State L.A.’s College of Business and Economics is reaccredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Los Angeles, CA Listed annually by U.S. News & World Report as among “America’s Best Colleges,” California State University, Los Angeles’ (CSULA) College of Business and Economics (CBE) was recently reaccredited in business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.  An AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education.

This is a great honor, particularly when one considers that there are more than 13,000 universities and colleges offering business degrees in the world, and only 649 of them are AACSB accredited,” said James Goodrich, dean of the College of Business and Economics at CSULA. “We were the first college accredited at CSULA in 1960, so many of us in the College of Business and Economics view this as a significant and enduring tradition in Cal State L.A.’s overall remarkable legacy.”

To maintain accreditation, the CBE must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years. The program must also demonstrate its continued commitment to 21 quality standards, which relate to faculty qualification, strategic management, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. CBE’s reaccreditation also showcased its high-quality teaching environment, and curricula that is responsive to the needs of businesses.

“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students.” 

CBE’s reaccreditation will be recognized April 29–May 1, 2012 at the AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego. 

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