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Tennessee Tech’s College of Business achieves extension of accreditation

Students in Tech's College of BusinessThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recently announced that the Tennessee Tech University College of Business has achieved extension of accreditation.  

As a global association of education, business, and professional leaders, AACSB is the world’s longest-standing and most prestigious accreditor of business schools. Tennessee Tech is part of a distinguished group of less than 6 percent of institutions worldwide that hold AACSB accreditation. Tennessee Tech is also among approximately 2 percent of institutions worldwide and 10 percent in the United States holding both business accreditation and supplemental accreditation in accounting.  

Tech’s College of Business was recognized by the review team for its up-to-date and relevant curricula that incorporate emerging technologies. The team further noted that the college’s mission to produce career-ready, professionally adept, and community-engaged graduates is evident through innovative programs that prepare students to succeed in their careers and contribute to society.

Recognized as a “best practice,” the college’s Professional Readiness and Leadership initiative serves all business students by ensuring proficiency in the career-ready competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The college’s iCube and Small Business Development Centers were commended for their contributions to business and economic development. The college staff was also recognized for their genuine care for students and dedication to the school.

“AACSB’s process of continual improvement, rigorous review, and reaccreditation assures that the college excels in teaching, research, service, and societal impact,” said Tom Payne, Dean of Tech’s College of Business. “This, along with the achievements noted by the review team, is due to an exemplary team of faculty and staff committed to the academic success and professional development of students, application-oriented research, and service to their communities,” continued Payne.

As part of the extension of supplemental accreditation in accounting, the accounting program was recognized for its innovative assurance of learning processes and its Master’s of Accountancy, Tennessee’s only online graduate accounting degree.

“Dr. Richard Rand, Chair of the Department of Accounting, and his outstanding team of faculty and staff are commended for this accreditation milestone and their commitment to students and the rapidly changing accounting profession,” said Payne.

Founded in 1916, AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. Only 935 institutions in over 50 countries hold AACSB Business Accreditation, and 192 maintain supplemental accreditation in accounting.

The Tennessee Tech College of Business serves 1,400 students across ten undergraduate and two online graduate programs: the MBA and Master of Accountancy.

For more information about AACSB and its accreditation processes, visit www.aacsb.edu.

For more information about the Tennessee Tech College of Business and its undergraduate and graduate programs, visit www.tntech.edu/cob.

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