Last spring the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) contacted the College of Business at West Texas A&M University to schedule a Peer Review Team site visit for AACSB accreditation consideration. The site visit is set for March 25-28, 2012. Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business, said, “We still have to complete a couple of critical steps before we can earn AACSB accreditation but I am very proud of the progress our programs have made within the last five years. The faculty, students, and other stakeholders have helped us make significant progress toward meeting the quality requirements associated with AACSB accreditation and have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of continuous improvement to address our weaknesses.” AACSB accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a business school can earn, an achievement accomplished by less than 30% of the business programs in the United States and only 5% of the business programs in the world.
Earning AACSB accreditation is a process of voluntary, non-governmental review of an educational institution that is seeking accreditation by the association. The process normally takes five to eight years before a candidate institution reaches the final stages of review. The College of Business at West Texas A&M University formally initiated the AACSB process October 2006. Business schools with AACSB accreditation have an elite standing in Higher Education. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive review of 20 fundamental quality standards.