SOM Embarks on Road to Reaccreditation
Posted: October 8, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
The School of Management (SOM) is on the road to reaffirmation of its accreditation according to associate dean Dave Harr. Only about 10 percent of the 3,000 management programs in the United States are accredited and SOM is up for its reaccreditation this year.
Originally accredited in 1989, SOM and its Accounting program completed their self-evaluation reports for reaccreditation on Aug. 1. AACSB International–the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is the accrediting agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.
Key areas of review by AACSB include the school’s mission, faculty composition, undergraduate and graduate curriculum, the university’s and the school’s individual resources, the student body, and the intellectual contribution of faculty members in their discipline. “The reaccreditation process provides us with the opportunity to pause and reflect on where we’ve been, what we’re doing, and where we are going in the future,” says Harr.
In December, the AACSB peer review team will respond to SOM’s self-evaluation report with a list of questions and concerns in preparation for their visit in February. During their visit, they will tour the campus, talk to faculty, students, university officials, and the business community to validate the contents of the self-evaluation report.