College of Business Achieves AACSB Accreditation

Assistant Professor Kashef Majid leads a business class.

The College of Business has joined elite company with its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Mary Washington is one of only five U.S. schools to receive accreditation in 2018. Just 5 percent of the world’s business degree-granting institutions achieve the status.

UMW set a goal for AACSB accreditation soon after establishing its College of Business in 2010. Led by Dean Lynne Richardson and Associate Dean Ken Machande, the college strategically shaped its curriculum, programs, and faculty to meet the 15 international standards required for accreditation. Before receiving AACSB accreditation, institutions undergo a rigorous peer review process to ensure that they provide students a first-rate, future-focused business education.

“This distinction is testimony to the diligent efforts over a number of years on the part of dozens of people across campus, most especially the College of Business faculty and staff,” said President Troy D. Paino. “Of course, the true beneficiaries of international accreditation are our students, alumni, and the organizations that hire our graduates.”

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