West Texas A&M University

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College of Business Accreditation


West Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC, a regional agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. This is the highest accreditation a university can receive and signifies that WTAMU has "a purpose appropriate to higher education and the resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose."

The College of Business is accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate level by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is the highest accrediting body for business colleges in the world.  Less than five percent of business programs in the world achieve this standard of excellence.  This means that our faculty, curriculum, and all other educational resources are thoroughly and professionally evaluated by an independent board of educators and have been found to be of exceptional quality.

Here's a quick profile of AACSB accredited business programs.  There are 12,623 institutionsthat grant business degrees worldwide and 1,621 of these are in the U.S.  Less than 30% of US business schools are AACSB accredited and less than 5% of schools worldwide hold AACSB accreditation.

Learn more about the value of AACSB accreditation for students, parents and employees.

Public files supporting accreditation, assessment, and faculty working papers can be accessed by going to following site: (http://cob.wtamu.edu/accreditation/).

Step AACSB Accreditation Process WTAMU COB Completion Date
1 The applicant school establishes AACSB International membership. AACSB membership established October 2006.
2 The applicant submits its completed Eligibility Application to begin the process. Application submitted April 2007 and accepted by PreAccreditation Committee July 2007. 
3 The PreAccreditation Committee (PAC) assigns a mentor, and based on the PAC review of the Eligibility Application, the PAC provides input to the mentor regarding areas of potential concern.  Mentor appointments must avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. AACSB appointed Dr. Berkwood Farmer, Dean of the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University as the WT COB mentor.
4 The mentor visits the applicant and (a) assists the school to respond to any concerns raised by the Eligibility Application and (b) reviews how the applicant satisfies each standard to assist in preparation of a gap analysis that the applicant will perform and use as the basis for the Accreditation Plan. AACSB mentor visits WTAMU campus and College of Business June 2008.
5 The Accreditation Coordinating Committee reviews the Eligibility Application as revised to meet any concerns raised by the PAC and rules on eligibility issues such as diversity and excluded programs. Postive AACSB mentor report submitted to PAC August 2008.
6 With the mentor's assistance, the applicant prepares and submits an Accreditation Plan and a Strategic Plan.  The Strategic Plan extends beyond the achievement of accreditation plan. College of Business submits Initial Accreditation Plan to AACSB August 2009.
7 The Pre-Accreditation Committee (PAC) reviews the Accreditation Plan and approves it to be forwarded to the Initial Accreditaiton Committee (IAC) or iterates suggestions for modification and review until approval is possible. College of Business Initial Accreditation Plan accepted by PAC November 2009.
8 The Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC) reviews the Accreditation Plan and approves it, or iterates suggestions for modification and review until approval is possible. College of Business Initial Accreditation Plan accepted by IAC January 2010. 
9 The IAC reviews the Strategic Plan and approves it, or iterates suggestions for modification and review until approval is possible. College of Business Strategic Plan accepted with Accreditation Plan by IAC January 2010.
10 The scope of accreditation and accreditation visit is finalized. College of Business Accreditation Scope Finalized May 2010.
11 The applicant submits annual reports on progress made and any delays in achieving its Accreditation Plan.  Any changes to the Accreditation Plan are described in the annual reports. Annual Report and Applicant Profile Sheet submitted to IAC October 2010.
12 The mentor continues to work with the applicant for up to three years as the applicant implements its Accreditation Plan. Mentor continues to assist College efforts.  First year of accredation plan successfully implemented.
13 Two years in advance of the anticipated accreditation review visit, a Peer Review Team (PRT) Chair (but not the full team) is appointed.  The team Chair monitors the applicant's progress through the final two years of the accomplishment of the Accreditation Plan.  Team Chair appointments must avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. Progress report accepted and program prepares for assignment of Peer Review Team Chair and initiation of Self-Evaluation Report.
14 The applicant prepares its Self-Evaluation Report (SER) while working with the team chair. College completes Self-Evaluation Report (SER) submitted October 2012. 
15 The applicant prepares its pre-visit SER Response Report. Pre-vist SER Response Report submitted February 2012.

Peer Review Team (PRT) visits campus for site visit.

Site visit completed March 25-28, 2012 with positive PRT recommnedation.
17 Recommendations for accreditation or denial that are ratified by the Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC) are then sent to the Board for ratification or remand. Accreditation approved July 2012.



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