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CHARLESTON, S.C., April 26.--The Citadel's Department of Business Administration is one of only two business administration departments in the United States to be accredited by the nation's primary accrediting agency.

     The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) made the accreditations official on Monday, April 22, during their annual meeting held this week in Los Angeles.

     The organization's mission is excellence in management education in colleges and universities. Its Board of Directors approves fewer than 20 percent of all collegiate business administration programs in the United States and Canada and usually only schools or colleges of business.

     Approximately 1,200 colleges in the United States offer undergraduate business degrees, but only 325 are accredited by the agency. Of the more than 600 master's programs, 301 are AACSB accredited.

     "This is truly a historic moment for The Citadel and for higher education in South Carolina," said Lt. Gen. Claudius E. Watts III, President of The Citadel. "For our relatively small business department to not only assume the stature of a full-blown school of business, but to be one of the first in the nation to do so, is truly a remarkable accomplishment. I am extremely proud of our faculty, students and staff who earned this very distinctive and important accreditation," Watts said.

     In order to gain accreditation, The Citadel underwent a comprehensive, multi-year review of faculty resources, admission and degree requirements, library and computer facilities, financial resources, curriculum, and intellectual climate. In February the college was visited by a team of examiners from the AACSB composed of four deans of business schools in the United States.

     "The consistent performance by our business faculty and students has finally gained national attention and I couldn't be more proud," added Brig. Gen. R. Clifton Poole, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, who was present for the official announcement made during a luncheon on Monday (April 22). The Head of the Department of Business Administration, Col. Mark A. Bebensee, also attended.

     Also accredited this year was the business department at Washington and Lee University.

     Headquartered in St. Louis, the AACSB is a not-for-profit organization consisting of more than 800 educational organizations and corporations.


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