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2008 News Releases

Accreditation affirmed and renewed for Longwood’s College of Business & Economics

January 3, 2008

The Longwood University College of Business & Economics (CBE), first accredited in 1998, learned recently that it has successfully completed its maintenance of accreditation review from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the premier accrediting body for college business programs. The AACSB Board of Directors on Dec. 14 ratified the recommendation of its three-member Peer Review Team granting accreditation to Longwood’s BSBA and MBA degree programs in business for an additional five years.

“This is a major accomplishment,” said Melinda Fowlkes, interim dean of the CBE. “It means our business program has met rigorous and stringent standards of quality in faculty qualifications, assessment of student learning, and strategic management of the program.”

Under the current process, AACSB-accredited institutions must undergo a peer review every five years to maintain their accreditation. Longwood’s next visit will be in 2012-13. The CBE has more than 700 majors and 26 full-time faculty members.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Fewer than 10 percent of the world’s business schools have achieved business and-or accounting accreditation from AACSB.