DURANT, Okla. – The John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University is one of 48 schools worldwide to have earned an extension of accreditation for its business programs from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) this year. Established in 1916, AACSB International is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders.
Southeastern is one of only six institutions in Oklahoma to hold AACSB accreditation.
For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by only 5 percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher. Today, 862 institutions across 56 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation.
“The AACSB accreditation is a symbol of excellence,’’ said Southeastern interim president Dr. Bryon Clark. “To maintain this accreditation requires a great deal of commitment and dedication from an institution and its faculty. This continuous improvement ensures that we are delivering the highest quality of education to our students. Southeastern is also very appreciative of the longtime support and vision of (former Regent) John Massey as the institution continues to move forward.’’
Dr. Kitty Campbell, John Massey Professor, Chair of Management & Marketing and Accounting & Finance, and Dr. Martin Bressler, Professor/John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, Management & Marketing, led the accreditation efforts with the assistance of many other individuals in the Business School.
Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and 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.