Southeastern's College of Business, Accounting Program receive international accreditation
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business and its accounting
program have received an extension of accreditation by the Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
The accreditation designation is considered the hallmark of excellence in business education. Class size, faculty access and willingness to help students were cited as areas of strength in the college, said Tará Lopez, dean of the College of Business.
“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, global executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”
Lopez said the accreditation process involves a rigorous internal review, evaluation and adjustment that take several years to complete. The school must develop and implement a plan to meet AACSB standards, which require a high-quality teaching environment, innovative programming, and active engagement with business and industry.
“The accounting accreditation requires meeting an additional set of high-quality standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting,” Lopez said.
Once accreditation is achieved, each institution participates in a five-year continuous improvement peer review to maintain high quality and extend its accreditation.
AACSB International was founded in 1916 and is an association of businesses and other organizations in 100 countries and territories. It is the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate business education and accounting programs.