The University of Central Oklahoma College of Business has earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The distinction, which is the symbol of business education excellence, places the college in an elite group. Less than five percent of business schools worldwide have earned the accrediting body’s accreditation.

“AACSB Accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

“The entire UCO team—including the administration, faculty, directors, staff and students—are to be commended for their roles in earning accreditation.”

AACSB-accredited schools have successfully undergone a rigorous review process conducted by their peers in the business education community, ensuring that they have the resources, credentials and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.

During this multiyear process, the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to: strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

“Over the last seven years the students, staff, faculty and friends of the University of Central Oklahoma have been working to develop innovative ways to engage our students, support our faculty and enhance our facilities in order to improve the quality of the educational experiences we provide,” said Mickey A. Hepner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business.

“We greatly appreciate that AACSB recognizes our efforts and our commitment to high-quality business education.”

Today, there are 789 institutions across 53 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation. Similarly, 186 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators and businesses worldwide.

“Quality business education is critical to developing the next generation of leaders, and I commend the University of Central Oklahoma for its dedication, as well as its leadership in the community,” Reid said.

“Through accreditation, UCO has not only met rigorous standards of excellence, but has also made an external commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that they will continue to innovate and deliver the value promised to their students.”