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Nov. 20, 2002
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OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's School of Business has achieved accreditation of its undergraduate and graduate programs by AACSB International. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the premier accrediting agency for business schools in the world.
With the official approval by the AACSB board of directors on Nov. 18, Oswego joined Syracuse and Cornell universities as the only AACSB-accredited schools in Central New York and became one of seven campuses in the State University of New York with this prestigious accreditation.
"We are extremely pleased with this affirmation of the high quality of the business programs we offer at Oswego," said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. "It ranks us with the best and assures our students that they are getting exceptional preparation for careers in the competitive world of business."
Oswego's School of Business offers a broad undergraduate program with majors in accounting, business administration, finance, human resource management, management accounting, management science and marketing that together enroll 1,100 undergraduate students. The MBA program enrolls 65 graduate students, many of them professionals pursuing part-time study.
"Oswego's programs are distinctive in providing students a global perspective, a high level of computer literacy, an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, and practical hands-on experience," said Lanny Karns, dean of the School of Business. "AACSB accreditation provides external validation not only that we aim high in formulating our programs but that we deliver for our students."
As part of the accreditation process, an AACSB peer review team of three business school deans spent three days on campus in October applying a wide range of quality standards relating to curriculum, faculty resources, admissions, degree requirements, library and computer facilities, financial resources and intellectual climate.
The team report singled out four areas for special commendation:
- "Students have very positive attitudes and high morale regarding their experiences in the School of Business."
- "Faculty members clearly have student learning as the top priority."
- "The renovation of Rich Hall and its conversion to the School of Business building will provide an exceptional facility to support a high quality program."
- "The School has developed a freshman 'Gateway to Business' course that is highly innovative in what it achieves and how it is taught."
Karns noted that the accreditation announcement caps a process that Oswego completed in the minimum five years. "Our students and faculty as well as the administration and the school's advisory board all pulled together to achieve this stamp of excellence," he said.
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