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College of Business and Public Administration gains accreditation

After a rigorous review, the College of Business and Public Administration is once again accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The CBPA met stringent standards for quality, showcasing a cutting-edge business education that delivers the skills students need to succeed in the global marketplace.

The AACSB peer review team that visited Drake’s campus in October gave high marks to the college in all areas of assessment—what they call business standards. Some of the areas the team noted as highlights are the college’s career preparation for undergraduate students, its mission statement and ability to execute upon that mission, and the faculty’s dedication to teaching and innovation.

“While this accreditation is certainly something to be proud of, it is the thoughtful and strategic changes, dedication to innovation, and hard work of our leadership team, faculty, and staff that I take the most pride in,” said CBPA Dean Terri Vaughan.

Some excerpts from the report recommending accreditation include:

“Drake provides its students with many professional engagement opportunities. We commend the school for its very progressive and impactful required professional four-course sequence (BUS 001- BUS 004) that provides a strong platform for students to focus on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, professional etiquette, and networking. The peer review team is also impressed by the level and depth of the Drake student body’s ownership and engagement in their student organizations.”

“Faculty and staff that we met with identify strongly with the College’s mission and are deeply

committed to the success of their students. Drake attracts academically well-prepared undergraduate students that are remarkable in their commitment to lead and self-manage student organizations and activities. The College fosters that entrepreneurial and service-oriented spirit by providing students with opportunities to engage locally, nationally, and globally to make a difference in the world around them.”