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Mississippi College School of Business Earns International Accreditation Honor

MC School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo

Leaders of the world’s premier business education accreditation group gave a prestigious international honor to Mississippi College.

Accreditation to the MC School of Business comes from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Founded in 1916, the Tampa-based organization has awarded accreditation status to 789 institutions spanning 53 countries and territories.

MC joins the Southern Taiwan University of Science & Technology and the University of Central Oklahoma as the three institutions gaining the status on May 3. It was awarded to the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Business School in February.

AACSB accreditation “represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees,” says Robert D. Reid, the group’s executive vice president. He commended Dean Marcelo Eduardo and the entire Mississippi College team for their efforts to earn accreditation.

“Quality business education is critical to developing the next generation of leaders,” Reid added. “I commend Mississippi College for its dedication, as well as leadership in the community.”

AACSB-accredited schools successfully undergo a rigorous review process. It is conducted by their peers in the business education community. It shows that schools have the resources, credentials and commitment to give university students a first-class business education.

Celebrating its 191st year, Mississippi College is trumpeting the news of its latest accreditation achievement in early May.

“It is fitting that the reputation for academic excellence that the university has earned and enjoyed over this time is now further validated by its School of Business and the achievement of AACSB accreditation,” Eduardo said.

President Lee Royce salutes the hard work by Eduardo and business professors.

“Reaching this level of recognition by the world’s leading business school accreditation agency reflects the high standards and rigorous program of the MC School of Business,” Royce said Wednesday. “This recognition adds value to a fine program and will be well-received by the faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Business as well as everyone else at MC.”

Students say the big honor for the School of Business reflects a solid program on the Clinton campus. The School of Business enrolls 850 students.

“The teachers here honestly want to take the time to invest in me not only as a student, but as a person,” says Amber Colvin, 20, a finance major from Clarksville, Tennessee. “In almost every class I am getting a little taste of how life is going to be after college.”

After getting her bachelor’s degree and going to graduate school at MC, Amber wants to join a financial firm in Nashville.

Accounting major Caroline Burlingame, 20, of Longview, Texas is another believer in the MC School of Business. “It does more than prepare you for the real world. It allows you to be part of the real world before you graduate” through business internships, she noted. “The MC School of Business is a stellar program that sees beyond the blackboard,” says Burlingame, a future certified public accountant.

“The AACSB accreditation definitely brings my business degree to a higher level,” says senior Mary Elizabeth Stringer of Tylertown. “Dr. Eduardo and the rest of the faculty are so helpful to students when it comes time to look for internships or jobs for life after MC.”

Interviewing for jobs this spring, Stringer believes the new accreditation will be a huge asset as Mississippi College students and alumni consider career opportunities for years to come.