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NMSU College of Business receives extension of accreditation from AACSB

The business and accounting degree programs of New Mexico State University’s College of Business have received an extension of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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New Mexico State University’s College of Business Dean James Hoffman is proud that the business and accounting degree programs received an extension of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He attributes it to the college’s tradition of excellence. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

“NMSU’s College of Business has had a long tradition of doing an excellent job educating our students, and transforming their lives,” said College of Business Dean James Hoffman. “Receiving such positive feedback from AACSB continues to reinforce our college’s tradition and provide a solid foundation for continued excellence.”

NMSU was among 50 universities to have their accreditation extended in either business, business and accounting, or accounting by the international organization. An AACSB Accreditation is synonymous with the highest standards in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

“AACSB congratulates each institution for their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for AACBS International. “Every AACBS-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Among the comments about strengths, unique features and effective practices for the business degree program, the peer review team cited the Doctor of Economics Development program as very innovative; the Center of Public Utilities provides an important regional program with a highly regarded certificate program; the Woodrow Wilson Fellows Master of Business Administration program provides strong support in developing a leadership pipeline for public school leaders; and the PGA Golf Management program is a highly regarded program.

The accounting degree program received commendations of strengths, innovation and unique features for its addition of courses Technical and Professional Communication for Accountants, and Financial Accounting Research, which demonstrate a recognition of the need to improve communication skills and help students meet the CPA education requirements of neighboring states.

The college and the accounting program were complimented for a commitment to the mission of serving students. The peer review team said this was evident by the very large participation rate in the internship program and student professional organizations, as well as the students winning several competitions at national and regional meetings.

Both the business and accounting faculty were recognized for their strong commitment to supporting high quality education for students. This is demonstrated by the accounting department faculty were every senior member has been recognized with a teaching award.

The next accreditation review will be in 2022-2023 for the business degree program and 2024-2025 for the accounting degree program.