A Credit to the College
Five years of focused effort paid off for the School of Business in April, when the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredited the school's bachelor's and master's degree programs in business administration. AACSB International is a nonprofit organization that has accredited 504 schools the world over, from Taiwan to Kuwait to Argentina, and now to Ithaca.
The accreditation, the culmination of a rigorous and comprehensive peer review, was cause for celebration in the school and around the College. "This is a distinction held by only one in six business schools worldwide," noted Susan West Engelkemeyer, dean of the school. "Accreditation is an assurance that our programs effectively manage resources to fulfill a vibrant and relevant mission in order to produce graduates who have achieved learning goals that relate to the school's mission and purpose."
President Peggy R. Williams added, "The faculty and administration of the School of Business are to be applauded." They certainly spent countless hours preparing for accreditation. AACSB International requires that a school "satisfy the expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs." These standards are mission-linked. Assessment also includes a close look at technology and practices to be sure that students are being given the most up-to-date tools and information.
A review team from AACSB International visited the school in March. The reviewers reported being "impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of faculty, staff, and administration." Engelkemeyer notes, "We had 11 strengths and effective practices cited by the peer review team." These included "a noteworthy assessment plan" and" a strong student body."
"Students are noted," the commendation says, "for their volunteerism in enhancing school programs -- staffing the trading room, organizing etiquette dinners, serving as dean's hosts."
As President Williams notes, between the accreditation and IC's plan to build a sustainably designed and operated facility for the school, "this is truly an exciting time to be studying business at Ithaca."