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CMU maintains prestigious business, accounting accreditations

Only 180 institutions worldwide hold both accreditations from AACSB

Contact: Heather Smith

​Central Michigan University's College of Business Administration has maintained its spot in an elite pool of only 180 institutions worldwide accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

"The reaffirmation of accreditation for both the College of Business and the School of Accounting is a testament to the dedication of the faculty and staff and the quality of our programs," College of Business Administration Dean Chuck Crespy said. "This is an accomplishment for which the entire university can be proud."

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Only 727 business schools worldwide maintain AACSB accreditation, which demonstrates best practices in strategic planning, faculty qualifications and assurance of learning.  Of those, only 180 have earned AACSB accreditations in both business and accounting.

"It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation," said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students."

The business and accounting programs at CMU first acquired AACSB accreditation in the 1980s.

CMU's College of Business Administration is home to several nationally ranked programs: 

  • ​The No. 24 online MBA program according to U.S. News and World Report, 
  • A top 25 logistics program according to the International Journal of Physical and Logistics Management,
  • A top 60 professional sales program according to the Sales Education Foundation, and
  • The nation's leader in certifying students in Enterprise Resource Planning according to the SAP University Alliance.

In addition, the college's New Venture Competition was recognized by Automation Alley as the Michigan Education Program of the Year in 2013.

To learn more about CMU's College of Business Administration and School of Accounting, visit

For more information on AACSB accreditation, visit​.

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