Accounting Programs' Accreditation Reaffirmed by AACSB

OGDEN, Utah – The School of Accountancy in 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 from AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

The official announcement was received by the Goddard School this month from AACSB's Board of Directors.

WSU's Goddard School is one of only 170 institutions in the world to be AACSB-accredited in accounting for its undergraduate and graduate programs. 

To achieve accreditation, accounting 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. 

"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accounting accreditation," said Jerry Trapnell, chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality accounting education to students."  

"The maintenance of the Goddard School's accreditation in accounting 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 world-class education and will be especially qualified to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, which works to ensure the future prosperity of the region."

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 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 74 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 for more information.

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