UNT College of Business, Department of Accounting reaccredited

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas College of Business and the UNT Department of Accounting have recently both been reaccredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

The AACSB International was founded in 1916 and is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

"Once again, receiving AACSB International accreditation demonstrates that the business programs at UNT meet standards recognized as the highest worldwide for business education.  Students, employers, alumni and parents can all rest assured that graduates of the UNT College of Business receive a high-quality, cutting-edge education," said Finley Graves, dean of the College of Business.

Achieving initial accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, evaluation, and adjustment and can take several years to complete.  During this time, the schools or colleges develop and implements a plan to meet the 21 AACSB standards requiring:

  •  a high quality teaching environment
  • a commitment to continuous improvement
  • curricula responsive to the needs of business

The business programs at UNT first became AACSB accredited in 1961.  The accounting program at UNT first earned accreditation in 1987.

Accounting accreditation further requires the satisfaction of an additional set of 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.  In addition, as required by AACSB standards, all accredited schools and colleges must go through a peer review every five years in order to maintain their accreditation.

"Continuance of accreditation by AACSB is a significant accomplishment for the Department of Accounting, as it attests to the outstanding quality of our faculty and degree programs," said Paul Hutchison, Department of Accounting interim chair.  

The UNT College of Business was established in 1946; it houses five departments and more than 5,000 students.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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