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CWU College of Business Again Ranked Among World’s Best

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

College of Business picture with studentsThe Central Washington University College of Business (CB) has received continuing accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB), joining about 5 percent of business schools globally that have earned the prestigious designation.

CWU was among 73 business schools that received continuing accreditation this year by AACSB, a global nonprofit association that connects educational institutions and businesses in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.

“This is important to our students and their parents because it is an assurance of learning and that students are going to have qualified faculty in the classroom,” CB Dean Jeffrey Stinson said. “When our graduates start their careers or pursue graduate work, this accreditation can help open up some doors that, perhaps, might not otherwise be open.”

Following a virtual campus visit in November, the AASCB review team identified CB’s Career Advising and Tutoring (CAT) Center as a best practice, and further commended the college for its Industry Leadership Board, peer and alumni mentorship programs, and initiatives to support diversity and inclusivity.

“They met with the same groups of people, asked the same questions, and held all of the same meetings that they would have had on campus,” Stinson said, adding that CB had to record and upload a tour of its facilities. “I think the virtual visit made it a more technical review against the standards.”

CWU first achieved AASCB accreditation in 2010. After initial recognition, schools undergo comprehensive “continuous-improvement” peer reviews every five years to reaffirm accreditation. Stinson said CB is transitioning toward becoming a “mature accredited organization,” and he expects to meet or exceed the organization’s gold standard for college business education in the years to come. But he also knows the hard work is just beginning.

“As we now look ahead to 2025, we won’t be able to meet the standards at the same level we are now,” he said. “We will have to demonstrate improvement.”

Stinson pointed to CWU’s investment in faculty, staff, and services as a reason the college was able to retain its AACSB accreditation.

“At Central, this means students get to learn from qualified faculty at the undergraduate level, in relatively small classes,” he said. “And, it means that we provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills and competencies for career success.”

Media contact: Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.

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