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Else School of Management Maintains Prestigious AACSB International Business Accreditation

AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of BusinessThe Else School of Management at Millsaps College has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Millsaps College shares this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education with less than five percent of business schools worldwide and is the only private institution in Mississippi to earn accreditation.

"I am extremely proud that the Else School has been reaccredited," said Howard McMillan, dean of the Else School. "The reaccreditation process is rigorous, and our achievement in the process is a true testament to the high quality education we provide our undergraduate and graduate students. Our strong faculty have created an exceptional learning environment where we are transforming students to be future leaders in business across the state, country and world."

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.  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.

"Continuing our AACSB accreditation represents a commitment to a high quality, relevant business education," said George Pickett, a prominent member of Jackson's financial community, Millsaps alum and chairman of the Else School's advisory board. "As one of the smallest AACSB accredited schools in the entire country, our students enjoy relationships with our faculty, both inside and outside of the classroom, that have been documented to place the Else School's faculty among top ten business faculties in the country, according to the Princeton Review."

"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation," said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students."