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K-State College of Business Administration earns extended business, accounting accreditation

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024



MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's College of Business Administration and its accounting department have earned extended accreditation from AACSB International, or AACSB.

Attaining AACSB accreditation involves a dedicated, mission-driven approach marked by a thorough examination of internal operations and a peer-reviewed assessment centered on ongoing enhancement. These standards are principle-based and demand excellence in strategic management and innovation, research, teaching and learning. It is a voluntary, nongovernmental process.

"I am proud that the K-State College of Business Administration has earned an extension of AACSB accreditation for our business and accounting programs," said Kevin Gwinner, Edgerley family dean of the College of Business Administration. "Accreditation is reviewed every five years and signifies our success in shaping future business leaders, fostering innovation, and making a positive impact on Kansas and society in general. Our faculty's expertise, cutting-edge research, and student-centered approach have propelled us to these milestones."

The College of Business Administration and its department of accounting join an exclusive group of schools — only 6% of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB accreditation. According to the AACSB, 70% of CEOs representing Fortune 100 companies have a business degree from an AACSB-accredited school.

"AACSB accounting accreditation is an elite status held by fewer than 200 programs globally," said Brett Wilkinson, department head of accounting and Robert G. Chapman endowed chair. "It signifies that our faculty members are leaders in the accounting discipline and that our program is delivering excellence along every dimension. The students graduating from the K-State accounting program are equipped not simply to pass an exam but to achieve long-run professional success in the competitive global economy."

Schools that have earned AACSB's supplemental accounting accreditation have not only earned AACSB business accreditation but have also gone through an additional process to affirm that their accounting programs are meeting the highest standard of quality.

"This recognition is a testament to the commitment of our faculty and staff to excellence in business education," said Gwinner. "As we celebrate these achievements, we are reminded that AACSB accreditation is a catalyst for our continuous improvement. To that end, the college will continue to push boundaries, nurture talent, and create a legacy that extends beyond our campus walls."

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Written by

Ruthie Gergeni