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School of Business Achieves Highest Academic Accreditation

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 22, 2012 – The School of Business at The University of Texas at Brownsville has been awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the School of Business, announced the news to his faculty earlier this month.

“AACSB International accreditation firmly establishes the UTB School of Business program as a world-class provider of business and management education,” Kroll said. “This is a major accomplishment that ensures students and prospective students, as well as employers looking at our graduates, of the quality of UTB’s programs.”

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Dr. Juliet V. García congratulates newly commissioned U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Jose Campos as Dr. Charles Lackey arranges the master's hood over his head for Campos to receive his Master of Business Administration at Spring Commencement.

The accrediting process is a long and demanding one that includes self-evaluations, peer-reviews, committee-reviews and the development of in-depth strategic plans for continuous improvement. It is a voluntary, non-governmental process that includes an external review of a school’s ability to provide quality programs.

“The review teams look at, among other things, the school’s mission, faculty and staff qualifications and curricula, along with student admissions and retention processes,” Kroll said. “There are a total of 17 different standards that must be satisfied.”

AACSB accreditation is internationally recognized for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs in business and is known worldwide as the oldest and most recognized form of accreditation for schools of business.

“Receiving this is a confirmation of the quality of our school, and in particular it recognizes the talent and expertise of the faculty we have assembled at UTB,” Kroll said. “I appreciate the work that all members of the faculty and staff put into this process, especially the assistance of Dr. Musa Essayyad, Associate Dean.”

Within the United States, around 30 percent of institutions achieve the credential of AACSB International accreditation; worldwide, the figure of accredited business schools is fewer than five percent.

The School of Business offers the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, entrepreneurship, international business, management, marketing and finance. Current undergraduate enrollment is about 1,300 students.

Degrees are also offered in the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Business Administration Online (M.B.A.O.) and a Dual M.B.A./Master of Public Health in partnership with The University of Texas College of Public Health, Houston. Current graduate enrollment is about 140 students.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Kroll at 956-882-5803 or mark.kroll@utb.edu.


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