The School of Business earned its Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation after six years of working towards the goal. The AACSB is the leading business accreditation organization in the world.
Professor of Leadership and Management Dr. C. Douglas Johnson served as the chair to the executive committee responsible for facilitating the application process.
“The accreditation is the gold standard for business schools and puts us in a very elite class of only 5% of the business schools in the world,” said Johnson. “By having that, it assists our students in transitioning to grad school, as well as for employment. We’ve been working on this since the beginning of the college.”
Many top employers within the professional world favor graduates from an accredited institution, and students graduating from the school of business now have an advantage in applying for graduate school.
“This will allow students to skip through some of the prerequisite courses that grad schools require,” Johnson said, “exempt the GMAT [Graduate Management Admission Test], and open up opportunities for scholarships.”
The GMAT is a standardized test that assesses an applicant’s qualifications for graduate programs.
The AACSB was founded in 1916 and acts as the longest-running business accrediting body worldwide. Their requirements and standards are some of the highest among accrediting organizations.
“We congratulate Georgia Gwinnett College and Dean Tyler Yu on earning accreditation and applaud the entire GGC School of Business team—including the administration, faculty, staff, and students—for their roles in earning this respected honor,” said Stephanie Bryant, AACSB Chief Accreditation Officer.
Johnson also thanked Dr. Cathy Hakes and Ms. Helen McDaniel in the Office of Accreditation for their instrumental role in the process.
The Executive Committee was comprised of Assistant Dean for Student Services Dr. Jason Delany, Interim Associate Dean for School of Business Ms. Kathleen Pinson, Assistant Dean of Technology Management and Communications Dr. James Weisel, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation Dr. Janita Rawls, Professor of Management Information Systems Dr. Melinda Cline, Associate Professor of Management Dr. Carlos Enrique Ruiz Burgos, and the Dean of School of Business Dr. Tyler Yu.
With this accreditation under its belt, GGC now offers even more to students seeking a degree in business administration and is fast becoming a leader among state colleges in Georgia.
Visit here to learn more about what the School of Business offers!