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AACSB accreditation is a prestigious stamp of approval
by Doug Lyon, Associate Professor of Management

Professor Doug Lyon engages in one-on-one interaction with a student following a class.

AACSB accreditation is the gold standard of business school accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools include the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and other leading business schools. The Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration is member of that prestigious group.

Of the thousands of business schools worldwide, only 607 hold AACSB accreditation, and only 50 of those (including FLC) are focused exclusively on undergraduate education. The Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration was the first of those 50 institutions when it received AACSB accreditation in 1974, and it has maintained its accreditation continuously since that time.

AACSB accreditation ensures that a business school meets a rigorous set of standards for teaching, student learning, research and curriculum. AACSB data indicates that AACSB-accredited business schools have:

  • Superior programs
  • More qualified faculty
  • More qualified students with higher overall GPAs
  • More employers that recruit their graduates
  • Graduates who receive higher salaries

Students should choose an AACSB-accredited business school to ensure that what they have learned will be useful in their careers and that future employers will know they can hit the ground running. Students also need to know that graduate business schools will accept their undergraduate degree. The AACSB assurance of quality makes those key considerations a reality.

The Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration’s small classes and mentoring mean that students will experience a more fulfilling and rewarding business education. The highly qualified faculty with many years of real-world experience ensures that students are better able to relate material from the classroom to real world situations.

For those reasons, our AACSB accreditation assures that a Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration degree embedded within the overall FLC educational experience provides an unbeatable combination.

Learn about the School of Business Administration's AACSB accreditation here.

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