The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College has taken its place among the most respected university business schools in the world by earning accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Accreditation by AACSB is a mark of excellence in business education, earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs. With this designation, the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise becomes the only AACSB-accredited school in Polk County and one of just 18 in Florida.
“I want to congratulate Dean Bill Rhey and our extraordinary faculty on this outstanding achievement,” said FSC President Anne Kerr, Ph.D. “In earning this accreditation, the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise receives international validation for delivering the highest caliber of undergraduate and MBA education.”
The accreditation is the latest step toward the goal of becoming one of the premier business education programs in the country, said Bill Rhey, Ph.D., Dean of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise.
“AACSB Accreditation is a global benchmark for business school quality. I am thankful for the support the Barnett School has received from the FSC administration, our dedicated Board of Overseers, our business community stakeholders, and our outstanding faculty members,” Dr. Rhey said.
Ed Crenshaw, chairman of the Barnett School Board of Overseers, said the accreditation will add to the school’s growing prestige.
“We’re delighted to have earned this important recognition,” he said. “This accomplishment will help us to continue to attract world-class faculty and students of the highest quality.”
In order to earn accreditation, the Barnett School had to demonstrate achievement and proficiency in attaining rigorous standards for teaching excellence and student learning outcomes.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”