Staff report

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) has awarded the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University an extension of accreditation.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the largest business education alliance in the world and works to connect businesses, educators and students.

Southeastern, one of six institutions in Oklahoma that has AACSB accreditation, is among four dozen worldwide this year to earn the extension.

Southeastern Interim President Dr. Bryon Clark called the accreditation “a symbol of excellence” that “requires a great deal of commitment and dedication from an institution and its faculty” to maintain. “This continuous improvement ensures that we are delivering the highest quality of education to our students.”

AACSB accreditation has been earned by only 5 percent of school around the globe that offer bachelor level or higher business degrees. Currently, 862 institutions across 56 countries and territories have earned the accreditation.

At Southeastern, the accreditation efforts were led by Dr. Kitty Campbell, a John Massey professor and chair of management and marketing and accounting and finance, and Dr. Martin Bressler, a professor and John Massey endowed chair in entrepreneurship, management and marketing.

To achieve AACSB accreditation, schools engage with a mentor assigned by the organization and undergo peer-reviwed evaluation as part of a years-long process. They are also tasked with devising and implementing a plan that aligns with the accreditation standards of excellence in areas related to learning and teaching, academic and professional engagement and strategic management and innovation.