April 16, 2012
12-112

Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

Langdale College of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University's Langdale College of Business Administration (LCOBA) recently announced that it has maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

VSU is one of 59 schools recognized internationally for maintaining its accreditation. This number accounts for less than five percent of colleges and universities worldwide. VSU has been accredited since 1981.

"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation," said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students."

To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, which includes demonstrating continued commitment to 21 quality standards that relate to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students and continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

"Maintenance of AACSB accreditation has been a concerted effort of faculty, staff, students and advisory boards," said LCOBA Dean Wayne Plumly. "Maintenance is a continuing process and not an event. We strive for excellence in our business programs and this effort has been recognized by our accrediting body. Our students are the beneficiaries of our commitment to excellence."

The LCOBA will be recognized for its achievement on April 28 at the AACSB International Annual Conference in San Diego.

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

For more about the AACSB accreditation, visit www.aacsb.edu/accreditation .