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UI business college receives extended AACSB accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has renewed accreditation for the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics, and extended a specialized accreditation for the university’s accounting program.

Known as the “gold standard” of business schools, only 579 of the 12,000 business schools worldwide hold AACSB International accreditation. Only 170 can claim AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

University of Idaho’s master’s and undergraduate business programs have been AACSB accredited since 1993, and its accounting program was first accredited by the association in 2001.

Since that time, UI’s accountancy master’s degree program has become one of the largest at the university and boasts a 100 percent placement rate for students within three months of graduation. About 85 percent of undergrad students have been placed in accounting positions or are in graduate school, according to the university. A total of about 1,120 students are enrolled at UI’s College of Business.

In addition to its specialized accountancy program, UI also offers an Executive Master of Business Administration which earned kudos from the AACSB accreditation board, and an experiential learning model which lets students apply their knowledge outside the classroom.

Boise State University and Idaho State University also hold AACSB accreditation, and Boise State offers its own EMBA degree. ISU officials said the university currently offers an MBA and is looking into starting an EMBA program in the next couple of years.

Boise State has the largest college of business and economics in the state, with about 3,000 students. ISU’s business college has about 1,000 students.

“We were commended not just for the depth of experiences, but also for the breadth,” stated UI business dean John “Jack” Morris.

The accreditation team also applauded UI’s use of advisory board members in a process to track students’ performance and ensure they’re getting as much as possible out of their courses.

“This process ensures that not only do colleges identify learning goals for their students, but that the college delivers what it promises,” Morris said.

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