Accreditation 5-yr Maintenance Review Approved

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College of Business & Public Administration


In 1926, the College of Business and Public Administration was the first college in the state of North Dakota to be accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. There are over 12,000 institutions worldwide, and only 607 institutions have received accreditation for their business schools, placing the University of North Dakota in the top 5% in the world!

This fall, the CoBPA had their 5-year maintenance review to continue maintaining their prestigious AACSB accreditation. We are pleased to report the AACSB peer review team's recommendation for maintenance of accreditation was approved by the AACSB Board of Directors. This was a tremendous effort by all of the College of Business and Public Administration faculty and staff that assisted in preparation for the visit. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five year. The program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

"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."

As the CoBPA continues to progress into the future, the faculty and administration will focus on not only maintaining standards but exceeding standards to create exemplary programs and learning opportunities in business education.