BGSU College of Business receives prestigious extension of accreditation from AACSB

PrintThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has extended the accreditation of the business and accounting programs at the College of Business at Bowling Green State University. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network advancing students, educators and business worldwide. 

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business schools, according to AACSB, placing the college among a very exclusive group. Further, only 187 institutions in the world hold additional AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs, a distinction held by the top 1 percent of business programs in the world. 

“AACSB accreditation is a significant achievement recognizing academic excellence and a commitment of continuous improvement,” said Dean Ray Braun. “A business degree from the BGSU College of Business is a sound investment and this accreditation reaffirms the value for our students and alumni.” 

To earn and sustain business accreditation, an institution’s business program is required to undergo a rigorous review and evaluation process. During the accreditation process, business school deans with substantial knowledge of business education and accreditation standards visit and evaluate the program. 

The BGSU college was reviewed based on 15 business accreditation standards including mission and strategic management; support for students, faculty and staff; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement of students and faculty. There are six additional standards specific to the accounting discipline and profession.

The college submits annual reports to AACSB on enrollments, retention, graduation, faculty and staff levels and hires, salaries and other benchmark data. 

“The College of Business has a vibrant student-oriented culture where faculty and students thrive in an inspiring and interactive learning environment,” said Dr. Mohammed Khayum AACSB peer review team chair and provost at the University of Southern Indiana. 

"The college is to be commended for the enthusiasm and dedication of its faculty members in activities aimed at fostering the intellectual, professional and personal development of students." 

The peer review team met with college and business leaders, faculty, students, staff and administrators during an on-site, three-day visit in the fall. In the review, Dr. Khayum recognized the career development opportunities focused on students from freshmen to seniors.

“With 720 internships completed in the last academic year prior to the report, student engagement is impressive,” said Dr. Khayum. “Similarly, advisory board members raved about the student interns they hosted.”

The BGSU College of Business undergraduate program has been accredited since 1954. The BGSU MBA program has been accredited since 1966. The accounting program received separate accounting accreditation at the undergraduate level in 1992 and the master’s level in 2002.

The BGSU College of Business is ranked among the top 30 public business undergraduate programs in the U.S. by Poets&Quants, a news outlet covering business schools.