Augusta State University just completed a five-year process it says will let the world know how good its business department is.
The school announced Monday that the College of Business Administration has achieved accreditation from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, an international association for management education.
"This means we've got a pretty good business department," said William A. Bloodworth, president of Augusta State. "The standards for accreditation are very high."
To become accredited, a team of school deans visits the school and tests them on standards considered for top-notch business schools, Dr. Bloodworth said.
"They consider the courses, intellectual contributions of the staff as well as performances by the students," he said. "This is not something we had to do, but we thought we had a pretty good program and we wanted the world to know. And the students and faculty are deserving of such an honor."
About 1,200 colleges and universities in the United States offer undergraduate business degrees, but only 352 are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
"This is the culmination of a five-year effort of the faculty, students, and administration to evaluate our programs according to AACSB standards," said Jack Widener, dean of the business school.