Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- April 25, 2003

College of Business Administration Receives Accreditation

The California State University, Stanislaus College of Business Administration today received full accreditation at the annual meeting of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in New Orleans.

Conclusion of the rigorous accreditation process of more than three years brings the CSU Stanislaus College of Business Administration into a select group of business colleges that have received full accreditation from the nation’s premier accrediting agency. Only about one-third, or approximately 400, of the post-secondary business programs in the United States have this accreditation.

Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President of CSU Stanislaus, said the College of Business Administration accreditation honor is one more indicator of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education at CSU Stanislaus.

“This is an outstanding achievement for CSU Stanislaus and all of those we serve,” President Hughes said. “The highest commendation goes to Dr. Amin A. Elmallah, Dean of the College of Business Administration, who had the vision to mobilize the College and its faculty in its commitment to excellence. All of the credit goes to the dean and to the faculty of the College of Business Administration who share a vision of excellence and trust.”

President Hughes called the accreditation project a great team effort by all members of the College of Business Administration who delivered by leading the charge.

“It is evidence of what can happen when faculty and administration join forces in focusing on the same goal,” she said. “Achieving this honor places us in company with many of the world’s top universities. I am a very proud President today.”

The College of Business Administration includes undergraduate majors in accounting, finance, general business, management, marketing, operations management and computer information systems. A Master of Business Administration is offered through the School of Graduate Studies.

AACSB accreditation promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting programs. Accredited programs must demonstrate mission-driven high quality business programs through a process of peer review and continuous improvement.

“Employers view AACSB International accreditation as a sign of quality in their recruiting strategies,” Dr. Elmallah said. “Accreditation assures prospective employers that graduates come from a program where the content and quality have been evaluated and satisfy the highest business education standards. All of our graduates will now have this trademark with their degrees that is a benchmark of the highest quality education. I am honored to be a part of this for the University and the community. The beneficiaries of this are the students and the business community in our region.”

An AACSB peer review team conducted a site visit at CSU Stanislaus in early March, inspecting College of Business Administration facilities, reviewing information and documentation and interviewing faculty, students, administrators, alumni, local area employers, members of the College of Business Advisory Board and other University supporters.

Media Contact: Don Hansen (209) 667-3997

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