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What do you want when you think about earning a business degree? Expanding your mind with dedicated professors who are great teachers doing important research? Being mentored and coached by business professionals who are tops in their field? High-quality classmates who challenge you to do your best and may be friends for life? Most of all, accessing new job opportunities that launch that first or second great career, even a new venture?
All of these goals are good ones for the Davis College of Business. However, not all business programs are created equal, and big differences exist that are important to understand. The most important factor in determining the quality of a program and its ability to deliver what you want is its accreditation. While nearly all schools claim to be accredited, the source of that accreditation is critical and you need to understand this very important fact.
We are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5% of all the business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB, making it the most difficult, and therefore prestigious, accreditation for a school to earn. Very strict standards apply in every area - faculty quality, teaching resources and technology, facilities, connections with the business community, and services for students. Whether an Ivy League school or a top business magazine ranked state school, the fact is that we all earned and share AACSB Accreditation.
We proudly earned our AACSB Accreditation and know how important it can be for you. It means high standards for admission, relevant and current knowledge in your classes, faculty who are at the top of their game, and access to career and professional opportunities that non-AACSB schools will never give you. Indeed, many companies will not support their employees as students or hire graduates from non-AACSB accredited programs. Other AACSB schools look at students transferring to them from other AACSB schools more positively, including for graduate study. We'd like to welcome you to "the club" -- a very special club that can deliver the goals you seek.
Criteria for accreditiation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation:
- A mission appropriate to higher education.
- Resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain the mission.
- Specified educational objectives consistent with the mission and offered degrees.
- Success in achieving stated objectives.