UNC Asheville Department of Management and Accountancy Earns Accreditation Extension from AACSB

Department of Management and Accountancy logo
April 3, 2019

The Department of Management and Accountancy at UNC Asheville has once again earned an extension of accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. The multiyear path and accreditation standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

“Thanks to the innovation and tenacity of the faculty, students, staff, and community partners, along with our energetic and generous Advisory Board, we have once again received positive reaffirmation of the high quality undergraduate education that is the hallmark of the UNC Asheville experience,” said Department Chair and Professor of Management Micheal Stratton. “The team was particularly impressed by our efforts to recruit and retain high-quality teacher-scholar faculty, the growth in program enrollments, the attention to growing program endowments to support student scholarship and faculty research, the innovative curriculum that has reenergized a focus on global studies and further engagement in the business community, and a reimagined Advisory Board committed to mentoring our students, supporting the work of our faculty, and creating connections between theory and practice.”

The AACSB Peer Review Team visited campus in February 2019 conducting a review of the last five years of accomplishments in the areas of innovation, impact and engagement. This is the fourth time UNC Asheville has earned AACSB reaccreditation. UNC Asheville’s Department of Management and Accountancy also makes the list for the best business programs in the annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The department offers among the highest enrolled programs on campus graduating more than 3,800 students since the first graduate in May 1976.

Students majoring in management or accounting at UNC Asheville are encouraged to participate in high-impact experiences to develop an appreciation for diversity and inclusion, a strong sense of ethics and social responsibility, and an awareness of the importance of globalization. From project-based internships and rigorous undergraduate research projects to an engaging faculty-led study abroad program and a hands-on consulting practicum, the faculty and students work collaboratively in our local, regional, national, and global communities to create meaningful relationships and innovative contributions to public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors.

For more information, visit https://mgmtacct.unca.edu/.


As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to almost 1,700 member organizations, and over 800 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. The global organization has offices located in Tampa, Florida, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Singapore. For more information, visit aacsb.edu.

About UNC Asheville

UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts and sciences institution for the UNC system and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities. Enrolling 3,800 students and offering more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, UNC Asheville encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world. Learn more at www.unca.edu.