BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Birmingham-Southern College's
undergraduate and graduate degree business programs have achieved
accreditation by AACSB InternationalThe Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business. The official announcement was made
April 7 at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago.
AACSB International is recognized as the
premier accrediting agency for business schools, said college
President Dr. Neal R. Berte.
"This is an important recognition of the quality of our
total academic program in business, and a tremendous reflection
on the quality of our students, faculty, and alumni," Berte
said. "It's not often that a liberal arts institution of
the size of Birmingham-Southern is recognized with accreditation
by the world's leading business school accreditation agency."
Birmingham-Southern joins a select group of other
national liberal arts colleges in receiving the accreditation. The
college is one of only six baccalaureate-liberal arts institutions
in the country as classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching to hold both AACSB International accreditation
and the designation of Phi Beta Kappa.
Of the St. Louis-based AACSB International's nearly
900 members, only 437 hold its accreditation, including 410 in the
United States and 27 foreign institutions.
Dr. Byron Chew and Dr. Cecilia McInnis-Bowers (center), dean
partners of Birmingham-Southern's Division of Business and Graduate
Programs, accept accreditation of the college's undergraduate
and graduate business programs into AACSB International--The Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business during an April 7 ceremony
in Chicago. Presenting the honor are Dr. John Kraft (left), AACSB
chair and dean of the Warrington College of Business at the University
of Florida, and Dr. Jerry Trapnell, AACSB chair-elect and dean
of the College of Business and Public Affairs at Clemson University.
To achieve accreditation, business programs must
satisfy the expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating
to curriculum, faculty resources, admissions, degree requirement,
library and computer facilities, financial resources, and intellectual
climate that all are mission-linked.
The Peer Review Team for AACSB Internationalwhich
consisted of business school deans-visited and evaluated BirminghamSouthern
for three days in March as part of the accreditation process.
In its accreditation report, AACSB International
commended Birmingham-Southern's Division of Business and Graduate
Programs for its high level of selectivity in the admission of undergraduate
students; Master of Arts in Public and Private Management degree
which attracts a diverse population of motivated, high-quality graduate
students; faculty reputation for high-quality and student-centered
instruction and efforts to continually improve teaching and learning;
being an integral part of the mission of the college; required undergraduate
business capstone course offered during the January Interim period
with options for international study/travel, as well as exposure
to an array of business industries; cooperative support provided
by its Norton Board of Advisors, the central administration, alumni,
and the business community; and attractive campus and well-maintained
"Continuous process improvement was the driving
force behind our pursuit of AACSB International accreditation,"
said Dr. Cecilia McInnis-Bowers, who is dean partner of the college's
Division of Business and Graduate Programs, along with Dr. Byron
Chew. "The exceptionally motivated and talented students who
choose Birmingham-Southern College for their business education
have been receiving an outstanding education for a number of years.
These students deserve a program with an internationally recognized
level of accreditation, and that is what AACSB provides. Our stakeholders
united to craft a vision and set a mission, and together, we have
achieved our goal."
Birmingham-Southern offers undergraduate majors
in accounting, business administration, and economics. Business
administration and accounting are the two most popular majors among
BSC students. The college also offers the Master of Arts in Public
and Private Management graduate degree. The MPPM program, based
on the college's liberal arts mission and the Yale University model,
is designed for the working management professional.
AACSB International is a not-for-profit organization
consisting of educational organizations and corporations devoted
to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business
administration and management.