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State Board Report

May 2013

Refreshed standards embracing the concepts of “innovation, impact and engagement” were unanimously adopted by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International at their meeting on April 8. The new accreditation standards were developed over a two-year period, reducing the previous 21 standards to 15. Jan Williams, Dean of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s College of Business and Administration, explained that while reducing the number of standards may make it seem easier for a business school to be accredited, the opposite is true: The new standards are focusing on the most important things. He said, “In my opinion, the standards are higher than they were previously.”

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