MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University's Walker L. Cisler College of Business was officially accredited by the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB), the primary accrediting body for college and university business programs, in a ceremony Sunday in Chicago.
The AACSB accreditation approval has been a five-year process that included a comprehensive self study and a site visit by a review committee.
In preparing Northern's accreditation approval notice, the AACSB review town made 13 citations of "commendations of strengths, innovations and unique features." Among the commendations were: outstanding leadership by the dean of the college, Dr. James Scheiner; high level of support from the upper administration; strong involvement by the Business Advisory Council; strong faculty-student relationships; high admission requirements for the College of Business; excellent technical support and training by the university for faculty and students; and implementation of a mandatory student technology program.
About 400 institutions of the more than 4,000 business programs worldwide have AACSB accreditation. Northern is one of only 33 undergraduate programs to receive accreditation.
"I view this as the most significant event in the life of a business school," said Scheiner. "It was a real team effort of hard work over a period of years that enabled us to achieve this important accomplishment for our students, the College of Business and the overall university."