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ETSU business programs gain continuing AACSB accreditation
Sam Wilson Hall

JOHNSON CITY (Feb. 25) – The College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University has again maintained accreditation of its business and accounting programs through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).      

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate and master’s degrees in business and accounting.

ETSU Dean of the College of Business and Technology Dr. Dennis Depew says, “It is an honor to be in a very elite group of business schools worldwide. The commitment to continuous improvement in teaching, scholarly activity and external engagement by the faculty and staff, without question, enable us to successfully maintain the high standards required for this important accreditation.”

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland adds, “Through ceaseless efforts to enrich and enhance our numerous program offerings, evolving instructional environment and professional engagement opportunities, our faculty and staff have positioned the College of Business and Technology to maintain this esteemed accreditation, enabling ETSU to reach a broader aggregation of individuals in local, regional and global arenas.”

Last year, the College of Business and Technology graduated 364 students from management and marketing, economics and finance, accountancy and M.B.A. programs.

Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International, says, “It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation. Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

To learn more about ETSU’s College of Business and Technology, visit  For more information about AACSB International accreditation, visit

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