Business & Economy

University of West Florida College of Business maintains prestigious accreditation

The University of West Florida College of Business has earned re-accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, known as AACSB International. Accreditation confirms that the curriculum, faculty, students and management of the UWF business programs meet the highest standard of quality, rigor and relevance.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are nearly 800 business schools in more than 90 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation.

With a focused priority on teaching excellence supported by scholarship and service, the College of Business prepares students for successful careers in business and society and advances the educational and economic development of Northwest Florida.

“Our dedicated faculty with the support of caring staff and advisors provide our students with high-impact, student-focused learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, that set them apart from their peers at other institutions,” said Dr. Tim O’Keefe, dean for the college. “Our accreditation review team had nothing but praise for our students and their accomplishments.”

Recently, the College of Business received a ranking of No. 1 in the state of Florida and No. 3 in the U.S. for first-time pass rates on the CPA exam, according to results released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Additionally, UWF’s supply chain logistics students are all-time leaders in the Annual Operation Simulation Case Competition in Denver, Colorado, having won twice and placed in the top three on multiple occasions. UWF’s MBA team took home second place at the national Business Case Competition: Masters Level held on campus April 13-14, 2018.

“We are grateful to our alumni and the business community for their support and active engagement in our programs,” O’Keefe said. “Their involvement did not go unnoticed by the accreditation team. We could not deliver the high-quality education to our students without their participation and commitment to the College of Business.”

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