Stetson School of Business earns prestigious reaccreditation

Stetson University’s School of Business Administration has been reaccredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The reaccreditation was received earlier this month following an in-depth review of the business school and visit by an AACSB team.

“AACSB accreditation is the highest level of accreditation for business schools internationally. Stetson School of Business Administration is proud to be among the elite few universities awarded business and accounting accreditation,” said Dr. Stuart Michelson, dean of the School of Business Administration. “This ensures our students experience the highest quality programs taught by our exceptional faculty.”

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Only 607 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned AACSB accreditation in business education. Of those, only 35 private universities internationally — including Stetson — 
also have accreditation in accounting.

To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

The first business school in Florida, Stetson’s School of Business Administration was established in 1897 and today offers a wide range of majors in its undergraduate business program, as well as a number of master’s programs. Business and accounting degree programs are rigorous, relevant to emerging trends in the business environment, and supported by strong faculty and academic leadership.

In addition to the traditional MBA, the School of Business Administration offers an Executive MBA, the Master of Accountancy degree (both in class and online), a joint Juris Doctor (law)/MBA degree in conjunction with the Stetson University College of Law and a dual degree Master of Science in Pharmacy and MBA in conjunction with partner school, the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Both the JD/MBA and MSP/MBA programs allow a student to complete two master’s level degrees in approximately three years of study. A collaboration between the university’s business and music schools allows a student to earn both an undergraduate music degree and an MBA in five years.

Among the distinctive business programs offered to students at Stetson are the Roland George Investments Institute, through which finance students make investments with real money; the Family Enterprise Center, which boasts the first academic major in family business in the United States; the Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program; the Stetson Summer Innsbruck Program, offering study-abroad in Austria; and several lecture series featuring top business executives.

The School of Business Administration requires an international business course of all undergraduate students and also offers many shorter field studies abroad each year, for both undergrads and graduate students. Countries visited through field studies this year included Japan, China, South Africa, Malaysia/Vietnam and Hong Kong. Additionally, all Stetson business students take a First Year Business Seminar designed to introduce new students to the business disciplines, as well as two shorter courses that transition them through their Stetson program.

The School of Business Administration is housed in the Lynn Business Center, which opened in 2002 and provides a modern and flexible instructional and work environment. The facility reflects Stetson’s commitment to small class sizes and collaborative faculty-student teaching and learning – and also provides the current technology to meet emerging needs in business education. The LBC was the first building in Florida to earn Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Six Cohort 7 students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma

These six members of the Executive MBA’s Cohort 7 will be inducted into the Stetson University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma because of their high grades. Back row: Aaron Wright, Terrence Tasior and Norbert Dean. Front row: Kelly Glassburn, Charles Rivas and Darcy Clark.

The seventh cohort of Executive MBA students ended 19 months of study — which had taken it halfway around the world — with a festive reception of accolades that produced touching testimony of their experience.

“I expected a good curriculum and great professors when I enrolled, but I did not expect the powerful relationships that we have developed,” Norbert Dean, a sourcing officer at Sea World, told his classmates. “The love and feeling of family as we went through the program was truly moving.”

Six students’ grades were in the top 20 percent of university graduate students and were tapped to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate or doctoral program accredited by AACSB International. They are Norbert Dean, Chuck Rivas, Aaron Wright, Terrence Tasior, Kelly Glassburn and Darcy Clark.

These Beta Gamma Sigma honorees and other EMBA graduates will receive diplomas at Stetson University Commencement ceremonies on May 7.

Archive: Stetson University announces new Executive MBA program at Celebration

Originally published by Stetson University, June 2003

Stetson University will debut a new Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program this fall at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. The program targets working senior-level executives who have several years’ successful business experience.

The 19-month program will begin its first class on September 15. A maximum 20 students will be able to enroll. The new EMBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accredits the Stetson University School of Business Administration at both the undergraduate and graduate level in both business administration and accounting – a rare accomplishment in business education.

One of the things that will makes Stetson’s EMBA unique is a focus on inspiring innovation and managing change in business today. The program’s curriculum was developed in consultation with some of Central Florida’s most talented and imaginative executives, including those at Walt Disney Imagineering Inc. in Celebration.

How is an Executive MBA different from a traditional MBA program? While both are fully accredited, the MBA program requires a set of foundational business courses that students usually take in an undergraduate business program. The EMBA requires business experience, not necessarily an undergraduate business degree.

“The EMBA program accepts practical and successful accomplishments in lieu of some courses required by other MBA programs,” said Dr. Paul Dascher, dean of the School of Business Administration. “Students receive all the quality you would expect from Florida’s first business school, plus the opportunity to build a network with classmates and faculty members who are absolutely top notch.”

The program will feature 17 different classes in areas ranging from management to finance to marketing to accounting. Classes will meet every other Friday and Saturday to allow busy students plenty of time to plan business and personal time around the coursework. The group, or cohort, that begins this fall will conclude the program in the summer of 2005.

“Our beautiful new center here in the heart of Celebration is the ideal place for us to conveniently serve the Orlando metropolitan market,” said Dr. Ron Clifton, associate vice president/director at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. “Technology and a state-of-the-art learning environment are real advantages of this new EMBA program.”