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WIU College of Business and Technology, Accountancy Department Maintains Accreditation

April 27, 2015

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) and the accountancy program have maintained accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The CBT received official word of the accreditation extension March 31.

The AACSB was founded in 1916 and is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. Western is one of 727 member institutions with the AACSB accreditation, with 48 countries and territories being represented.

To achieve accreditation, a business program goes through a process of rigorous internal review; engagement with an AACSB assigned mentor and a peer review. According to the AACSB website, during the multi-year process, the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with the AACSB's accreditation standards, which are divided into four areas: strategic management and innovation, participants (students, faculty and staff), learning and teaching, and academic and professional engagement.

"We are very proud that our business programs continue to meet the rigorous standards set forth by the AACSB," said CBT Dean Kathleen Neumann. "The College of Business and Technology continues to be a committed supporter of the AACSB mission and understands the value of AACSB membership for our students, faculty and employers."

Western's accountancy program is one of the University's 12 Signature Academic Programs because of the dual accreditation by the AACSB, as well as the nationally recognized student organization and internship opportunities offered to WIU students.

WIU's College of Business and Technology was established approximately 45 years ago and offers courses on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. To learn more about WIU's CBT, visit For more information about WIU's accounting program, visit

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