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Florida Southern College Receives Extension of Accreditation by AACSB and Global Ranking for Business Program

Apr 18, 2024

Florida Southern College's Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise has received an extension of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the world’s most prestigious business school accreditation organization. Additionally, the School received a top-10 ranking in the nation by CEO Magazine.

To receive accreditation is to showcase the standards set forth by the AACSB including strategic management and innovation, learner success, thought leadership, engagement, and societal impact. This news comes with great honor, as AACSB accreditation is earned by less than 5 percent of business schools globally. Following the recommendation of the Peer Review Team and the Continuous Improvement Review Committee’s rigorous review process, the extension was concurred and ratified by the Board of Directors.

"This Extension of Accreditation by AACSB reaffirms our commitment to providing a high-quality business education that meets global standards of excellence. It recognizes the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students who are cornerstones of our continued success,” explains Dr. J. Michael Weber, dean of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College.

Dean Weber has developed and grown the undergraduate and graduate business programs throughout his tenure, providing students with practical, immersive, and engaged learning practices. The programs work to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences required to excel in the ever-changing business landscape.

“This serves as a springboard for us to continue our journey of excellence and pursue new initiatives that will further elevate our reputation and impact in the world. We will continue to innovate and push the boundaries of business education, as we explore new approaches to teaching and learning, embrace emerging technologies, and adapt to the evolving needs of our students and the business community,” said Weber.

In addition to accreditation extension, FSC landed in CEO Magazine’s Tier One of Global MBA Programs, top-30 worldwide and top-10 nationwide. Using a ranking system entirely geared and weighted to fact-based criteria, CEO Magazine aims to provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.

Florida Southern College's Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise is deserving of its position as an internationally recognized institution that offers exceptional business programs. With the AACSB accreditation extension and CEO Magazine Global MBA rankings, FSC has proven its excellence in providing students with a top-tier business education that prepares them for success in their careers. Commitment to innovation, practical learning, and curriculum standards ensures that it remains at the forefront of business education, preparing students for future careers.

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