ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University’s College of Business (CB) has achieved accreditation of its programs by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Approximately 1,200 students are enrolled annually in CWU business degree programs and classes, including those minoring in business and economics.
Central joined an elite group of institutions — only 593 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide — that have achieved the AACSB International accreditation. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving and largest global-accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
Tom Hurson, senior vice president for ingredient and food service sales for Tree Top, Inc. received his bachelor of science in accounting from CWU in 1980.
“Accounting gave me a great foundation for the variety of jobs I’ve done, including marketing, finance, sales and business management,” Hurson said, noting his unique work history. “The knowledge I gained at Central has served me very well.”
Kathy Elser, the senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer for Boeing Employees Credit Union, received her bachelor of science in accounting from CWU in 1989.
“CWU provided a good foundation from which to build my career in accounting and finance,” Elser said. “I felt the college’s programs pushed me to exceed beyond my own internal goals and expectations. The education I received was one of high caliber that provided me with the knowledge and confidence to excel in today’s global business environment.”
Hurson and Elser both now serve on the CB Advisory Board and were involved in the accreditation process.
CB Dean Roy Savoian added, “This accreditation further affirms that the college is fulfilling its mission to create value and opportunity for our students by focusing on quality in undergraduate education through emphasis on excellence in teaching, strengthened by faculty research, and supported by professional service.”
The degree programs now accredited include the bachelor’s in accounting, business administration and economics, as well as the master of professional accountancy graduate program.
To receive accreditation, CWU’s programs underwent a meticulous self-evaluation and external review process. During that time, the CB demonstrated that it has developed and implemented a mission-driven plan to satisfy 19 quality standards relating to faculty qualifications, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, achievement of learning goals in degree programs and a commitment to continuous improvement.