Southeastern News

Southeastern’s John Massey School of Business maintains prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of

the world’s business programs. Today, 716 business schools in 48 countries and territories maintain AACSB Accreditation.

The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern is the only AACSB- accredited business school in a public regional university in Oklahoma and one of only five institutions in the entire state to hold this distinction.

“The AACSB Accreditation is a symbol of quality and excellence,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “Beyond that, it speaks to the commitment of our faculty and staff in providing students with the access and tools they need to be successful in their careers. We also appreciate the vision and continued support of (Regent) John Massey to help make all of this possible.’’

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

Executive Dean for Academic Affairs Lucretia C. Scoufos said maintaining the standards set forth by AACSB requires a team effort.

“In addition to the support of Regent Massey, we gratefully acknowledge the encouragement of President Burrage and Vice President (for Academic Affairs Doug) McMillan,’’ Scoufos said. “Most of all, we are proud of the faculty, staff and students of the John Massey School of Business, whose hard work and dedication to excellence are recognized in this achievement.”

 

Southeastern’s online MBA program recognized among “best’’ by U.S. News & World Report rankings

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s online MBA in the John Massey School of Business is ranked among the top programs in the nation, according to “U.S. News & World Report.’’

In the category of “Best Online MBA Programs,’’ Southeastern is in a tie for 103rd. Only 195 schools from across the nation were ranked in the “best’’ category.

The best online master’s degree programs in business administration are

based on five general categories: Student engagement, Admissions selectivity, Peer reputation, Faculty credentials and training, and Student services and technology.

The rankings evaluate schools based solely on data related to their distance education MBA programs.

“This (ranking) certainly helps put us on the radar nationally,’’ said Dr. Lawrence Silver, MBA program director and John Massey Endowed Chair and Professor of Marketing. “Convenience, quality, and affordability are three of the components that set our program apart from others.’’

According to geteducated.com, Southeastern offers the second most affordable AACSB online MBA program in the nation. As for quality, the John Massey School of Business is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The John Massey School of Business is the only AACSB- accredited business school in a public regional university in Oklahoma and one of only five institutions in the entire state to hold this distinction.

“Our target for the online MBA is working professionals,’’ Silver said. “The convenience that the online delivery offers and the potential of career advancement are just two reasons that the program is so appealing. Anyone who is starting a business or wanting to advance into senior leadership in an organization will really benefit from the MBA. The degree is also a great asset for those individuals with aspirations of advancing in their military careers.’’

Management, Native American Leadership, Healthcare Information Systems, Safety, and Entrepreneurship are the areas of concentration that are offered.

The online MBA program at Southeastern has “ballooned’’ over the past two years, and at the same time, the quality of students has risen, according to Silver.

For more information about the online MBA at Southeastern, contact Robert Howard, MBA program coordinator, at 580-745-2042.