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SBE Accreditation

The SBE 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 SBE of FSU has established itself as a leader among business schools.

Faculty Standards

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.

Continuous Improvement

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 School of Business and Economics is dedicated to providing a quality business education to a diverse student population. The School prepares students to meet the challenges of a changing environment and to compete in a global market. This is accomplished by supplementing the University's strong teaching emphasis with research and a curriculum that reflects changing market conditions. The School also assists in regional economic transformation by promoting entrepreneurial and economic education.

To accomplish the stated mission, the SBE has set forth the following strategic goals and objectives:

Goal 1: To provide quality academic instruction


     1.  To recruit and retain faculty with sound pedagogical capabilities
     2.  To enhance the learning environment through improved classroom and student access technology
     3.  To prepare students for admission to graduate school
     4.  To prepare students for professional certification in their respective fields

Goal 2: To empower students in achieving academic and career success


     1.  To provide a sound and progressive academic curriculum and appropriate advising
     2.  To provide career advice including potential graduate study opportunities

Goal 3: To increase the intellectual contributions of faculty


     1. To encourage faculty submission of research grant requests
     2. To increase the level of faculty scholarly output
     3. To maintain support for faculty participation in professional conferences

Goal 4: To support students and faculty service to the public, profession, and the institution


     1.  To increase service to the southeast North Carolina region
     2.  To support faculty involvement in service to the institution
     3.  To increase faculty involvement in their respective professional organizations

Goal 5: To provide an administrative staff responsive to the development needs of the faculty, students, and institution

     1. To continue the development of an effective and efficient administrative staff

Our History

The School of Business and Economics (SBE), a division of FSU, is authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees in business and the Masters of Business Administration degree. FSU began offering Business Administration degrees in 1971 through the Division of Business and Economics, the precursor to the SBE. The authority of the SBE to grant degrees was expanded during the ensuing years to include additional concentrations, bachelor of science degrees, and the MBA degree as outlined below:

Year               Program

1975   Accounting concentration

            Economics concentration

            Finance concentration

            General Business concentration

            Management concentration

1977   Marketing concentration

1979   Economics degree

1985   Accounting degree

1987   MBA degree

2000   MIS concentration

2002   Banking and Finance degree

2005   MIS degree

2006   Accreditation from AACSB

2008   Featured in Princeton Review




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