Campus: CSU Fullerton -- January 30, 2004
State Fullerton's College of Business and Economics Receives Maximum
Cal State Fullerton’s College of Business and Economics has earned
successful renewal of accreditation for its business and accounting
programs from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
“We are extremely gratified that the AACSB continues to recognize
the superior academic quality of our college,” said Anil K. Puri,
dean of the College of Business and Economics. “Full accreditation
renewal is an acknowledgement of the top-notch education that the college
provides students in Orange County and the surrounding communities.
It, along with the number and diversity of our successful alumni, are
evidence of a job well done.”
Fullerton’s College of Business and Economics is among only 25
percent of business schools nationwide that have earned AACSB accreditation.
The university’s accounting program is among just 163 programs
nationally with additional specialized accreditation. Cal State Fullerton
is the only Orange County university to hold that distinction.
The CSUF College of Business and Economics is home to nation’s
third largest accredited undergraduate business program and the largest
such program in California in terms of enrollment: 7,140 undergraduates
and 498 graduate students.
Accreditation is a process of voluntary, nongovernmental review of educational
institutions and programs. Such accreditation assures quality and promotes
excellence in business education, noted Puri.
To achieve accreditation, business programs must satisfy the expectations
of a wide range of quality standards linked to the institution’s
mission and related to strategic management of resources, interactions
of faculty members and students in the educational process, and achievement
of learning goals in degree programs.
During the accreditation process, Cal State Fullerton was visited and
evaluated by business school deans with detailed knowledge of management
education, applying accreditation standards that are widely accepted
in the educational community. Heading the team was Earle C. Traynham
of the University of North Florida.
Among the strengths cited by the team are “excellent relationships
with the business community” and “excellent technology support
for its faculty and classrooms.” “I’m proud to say
our programs have enjoyed an unbroken record of accreditation since
1965,” said Puri, adding that when first accredited, Cal State
Fullerton was the nation’s youngest institution to achieve that
standard, doing so just two years after the campus admitted its first
“This has been a great tribute all these years for the College
of Business and Economics and its accounting program,” said alumnus
Phil Schimmel (B.A. business administration - accounting ’76),
managing partner with KPMG LLP. “The latest renewal of accreditation
is a special tribute to the efforts of Dean Puri and his faculty. It
puts us in an elite group and adds credibility to the university and
The College of Business and Economics is known for its annual economic
forecast presented by Puri, as well as Professor for a Day and Business
Week activities that bring alumni and other business leaders to campus
to share their knowledge and expertise with students. In addition, business
majors are required to complete capstone courses that typically involve
real-world projects, providing students with practical experience and
benefits to area businesses.
Faculty members in the college serve as advisers and consultants to
international, national and statewide agencies, and as members of national
and state advisory boards. They have testified before the Congress and
served as consultants to multinational corporations.
Cal State Fullerton business administration majors have won national
and regional awards for their skills in utilizing their business education
in practical applications. As students, they receive broad exposure
to the fields of business and economics, as well as opportunities to
specialize in a number of programs, ranging from accounting, marketing,
finance and economics, to international business and information systems.
Three undergraduate degrees are offered: business administration, economics
and international business, plus five graduate degrees: MBA, accountancy,
economics, information systems and taxation.
“The renewal of accreditation the College of Business has received
is a validation of Cal State Fullerton’s place among the nation’s
top public universities,” noted David Hirz (B.A. business administration
- finance ’96), president of Food 4 Less Stores. “I am proud
to be a graduate of Cal State Fullerton’s College of Business.
The education I received at CSUF has served me very well in my professional
life,” Hirz added. “CSUF’s College of Business has
an outstanding curriculum that prepares students well for their careers
in the business world. Employers also know that CSUF business graduates
have the skills that one needs to succeed.”
In addition to its educational programs, the college provides research,
consulting, continuing education and training programs for the Southern
California region. The College of Business and Economics operates centers
for: Economic Education, Entrepreneurship, Insurance Studies, Study
of Economics of Aging, and Study of Emerging Markets. The college also
houses the Family Business Council, and the institutes for Economic
and Environmental Studies, Real Estate and Land Use, and Small Business.
“Our centers and institutes contribute to the economic vitality
of our region,” noted Puri. “Just as we recruit top-quality
faculty members to teach our students, we utilize their expertise and
skills to educate and help advance the region’s business community.”
Included in the university’s master development plan is a building
for the College of Business and Economics that will feature state-of-the-art
classrooms, interactive technology, multimedia lecture halls and additional
faculty offices. “Currently various departments of the college
are housed in four buildings on campus,” said Puri. “A new
building will allow us to ensure an optimal learning environment for
Funding for the building is included in Proposition 55, a bond measure
on the March 2 statewide ballot.
AACSB International, headquartered in St. Louis, is a not-for-profit
organization consisting of more than 900 educational organizations and
corporations. Its mission is to further excellence in management education
in colleges and universities.
Media Contacts: Anil K. Puri, dean of the College of
Business and Economics, at (714) 278-2592 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4852 or email@example.com