The Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University has maintained what Dean Richard Dearth calls the “gold standard” of accreditation for business schools, and will celebrate with a reception to be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Heritage Room of Overman Student Center.

The Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University has maintained what Dean Richard Dearth calls the “gold standard” of accreditation for business schools, and will celebrate with a reception to be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Heritage Room of Overman Student Center.
The College of Business has been enrolled in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) program since 1999, and schools must be evaluated every five years.
Following evaluations, including a site visit last fall, the AACSB ruled that the PSU program continues to meet its  criteria. Only one third of business schools worldwide have earned this accreditation, PSU officials said.
“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, chief accreditation officer for AACSB International. “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students.”
Dearth said this accreditation brings with it a number of benefits that justify the hard work faculty and staff have exerted in the last year.
“It has a variety of benefits, and some are not really tangible at first,” Dearth said. “It really does help in attracting students, especially at the graduate level.”
In addition, Dearth said, having AACSB accreditation attracts prospective instructors. More and more employers are also looking for AACSB credentials in their applicants.
“We voluntarily do this,” Dearth said, “and it is very expensive to do this. But it provides us with measurements and standards and guidelines that help us do the things that we need to be doing.”
Dearth said that the AACSB review team, made up of deans from other colleges, was impressed with what they saw.
“Every single member of the staff, faculty and administration played an important part in reaching this recognition,” Dearth said. “Most importantly, the students were actively involved in the process and deserve much of the credit as well.”
Pittsburg State’s achievement will be recognized in April at the 2009 AACSB International conference and annual meeting in Orlando.
The Kelce College of Business at PSU offers undergraduate majors in accounting, computer science, computer information systems, management, marketing, international business, economics, and finance. The College also offers a Master of Business Administration program with concentrations in general business, accounting, and international business.
PSU officials said that all are welcome to attend the reception, and refreshments will be provided.
For more information about the Kelce College of business, persons may visit pittstate.edu/college/business/index.dot. For more information about AACSB International accreditation, persons may visit http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation.
For other information, persons may call Richard Dearth at 235-4590.