The College of Business and Economics (CBE) received its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of US business programs and only five percent of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that the CBE of FSU has established itself as a leader among business schools.
AACSB Business Schools must comply with strict standards in regard to the use of full-time faculty members who are academically (possessing the PhD or JD) or professionally (a graduate degree and extensive managerial or executive experience) qualified. Faculty is required to engage in scholarly activities (e.g., discipline based research) and to interact with students both in and outside of the classroom.
AACSB Business Schools are required to continually undergo curricular program review and revision and to introduce new programs that are designed to enhance the readiness of our student body for entry into our international and culturally diverse marketplace.
Benefits to Students
Companies are aware of Business Schools which hold AACSB accreditation. As such, AACSB accreditation can enhance opportunities for student participation in internships and cooperative programs as well as permanent job opportunities.
AACSB: Why It Matters to You
AACSB accreditation implies that a school is committed to constantly reviewing and improving itself, meeting the needs of students, investing in state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and offering a current and relevant education.
For more information on AACSB accrediting standards, visit the AACSB web site.
The College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University provides quality business programs to prepare students for careers in a changing global environment. Through excellence in teaching, supported by intellectual contributions and professional engagement, we advance the intellectual and career development of our diverse students population. The College also supports regional economic transformation by promoting entrepreneurial and economic education.
To accomplish the stated mission, the CBE has set forth the following strategic goals and objectives:
Goal 1: Develop high quality programs that serve the educational needs of the region, state, and nation
1.1 Provide a relevant and progressive academic curriculum
1.2 Prepare students for professional certification in their field
1.3 Strengthen online education
1.4 Develop PhD in Entrepreneurship
1.5 Increase focus on globalization, developing a global mindset
1.6 Create interdisciplinary tracks to meet market needs
1.7 Involve students in public service activities and professional organizations/conferences
1.8 Strengthen P-12 teaching in business
Goal 2: Recruitment and Retention of Students
2.1 Increase retention and graduation rates
2.2 Improve the quality and level of advising
2.3 Increase geographical reach across the state to recruit high school students
2.4 Coordinate recruiting efforts across CBE
2.5 Make guest presentations at high schools
2.6 Improve CBE recruiting materials
2.7 Increase the number of relationships with community colleges
2.8 Increase recruiting of military students
2.9 Recruit current FSU students
2.10 Create scholarships specifically for business students
2.11 Recruit through social networks
Goal 3: Recruit, develop, and retain high quality faculty
3.1 Recruit and retain faculty with sound pedagogical and research capabilities
3.2 Enhance the level and quality of faculty scholarly output
3.3 Maintain support for faculty participation in professional conferences
Goal 4: Promote economic transformation in the region
4.1 Develop programs that promote economic transformation in Southeastern North Carolina
4.2 Develop and support an entrepreneurial mindset in the community
4.3 Increase faculty service to the Southeast NC region
Goal 5: Build effective relationships and partnerships in the community
5.1 Build relationships with employers to help establish internship positions for students
5.2 Build relationships with employers through projects
5.3 Increase the involvement of external stakeholders in classroom activities
5.4 Improve relationships with community colleges
Goal 6: Enhance marketing of the CBE to increase stature
6.1 Increase the number of press releases
6.2 Publicize graduate successes
6.3 Increase online advertising
6.4 Develop a clear brand for CBE
6.5 Utilize other media outlets including FSU Communication Department
6.6 Position the CBE among competitors in the region
FSU began offering the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1971 through the Division of Business and Economics, the precursor to the SBE. This was subsequently expanded to include the current majors, and in 1987 the MBA degree was added. Historical highlights over the past several years include: