Goddard School Accreditation Reaffirmed by AACSB

OGDEN, Utah – The John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at Weber State University earned a strong national endorsement when it received notice of continued accreditation of its bachelor's and master's degree programs in business from AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The official announcement was received by the Goddard School in late December from Richard Crosier, AACSB’s Chair of the Board of Directors.

WSU’s Goddard School is one of only 470 institutions in the world to achieve AACSB accreditation in business for its undergraduate and graduate programs. It is also one of only 169 institutions in the world to hold AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

To achieve accreditation, business programs must meet a wide range of mission-linked quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. During the accreditation process, the Goddard School was visited and evaluated by business school deans with detailed knowledge of management education.

“The maintenance of the Goddard School’s accreditation in business reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty and the continued quality and rigor of our programs and courses,” said Lewis Gale, dean of the Goddard School of Business & Economics. “Our students and alumni benefit from this accreditation, because when local businesses hire our graduates, they are adding employees who have a first-rate education and will be especially qualified to tackle the business challenges of tomorrow, which works to ensure the future prosperity of the region.”

Gale said that while the accreditation successfully concludes an extensive, 18-month peer review process within the Goddard School, the honor also requires the school commit to an ongoing process of improving and enhancing student learning and scholarship to continue to be at the forefront of business education. The Goddard School first achieved AACSB accreditation in business and accounting in 1998.  It is the only four-year master’s institution in the state to achieve this combined distinction.

About AACSB International
AACSB International is an association of more than 1,100 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 70 countries that are dedicated to the advancement of business education worldwide.  Established in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. The association also is the business education community’s professional development organization, conducting a wide array of conference and seminar programs at various locations around the world. Visit aacsb.edu for more information.

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Lewis Gale, dean, Goddard School of Business & Economics
801-626-7253 · lewisgale@weber.edu
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu