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CCU's Wall College of Business maintains AACSB accreditation

January 26, 2018
E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration

The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., has maintained its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the international accreditation association for undergraduate and graduate business programs in higher education.

AACSB announced this week that it has extended accreditation for CCU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Accountancy degree programs.

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor and peer-reviewed evaluation. During the multi-year process, institutions develop and implement a plan that aligns with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

“In the Wall College of Business, we pride ourselves on excellence in teaching, research, curricula development and student learning,” said Barbara Ritter, dean of the Wall College and professor of management. “Via the extension of accreditation from AACSB, our undergraduate and graduate programs have been recognized as some of the highest quality in schools of business worldwide.”

The Wall College of Business was last awarded accreditation in 2013; the accreditation process takes place every five years.

“Innovation, impact and engagement are the hallmarks of AACSB accreditation and the focus of the Wall College of Business, and they are embedded into the strategic plan of the University,” said CCU Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Byington. “Our faculty, staff and students continue to demonstrate their excellence both inside and outside of the classroom, and the leadership team and faculty continue to ensure the highest quality of instruction to our undergraduate and graduate students.”

The Wall College of Business offers six total undergraduate degrees in addition to master’s programs in business administration and accountancy, as well as a professional golf management program that is one of 18 in the nation accredited by the PGA. Graduates of the college have gone on to work at companies such as Ernst and Young, Amazon, Accenture, Deloitte, Raytheon, and Cisco Systems, among others.

“AACSB’s reaccreditation of the Wall College of Business signifies the quality of the program, its leadership and its faculty,” said CCU President David DeCenzo. “We are honored that an external review of our program has reaffirmed our standing as a business program of excellence.”

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting students, educators and businesses worldwide. For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

For more information about the Wall College of Business, visit To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International website at