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APSU College of Business adds new degree programs

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this fall, the Austin Peay State University College of Business took a major step toward earning professional accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) when it began modifying its existing academic programs.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this fall, the Austin Peay State University College of Business took a major step toward earning professional accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) when it began modifying its existing academic programs.

For years, APSU business students had only one degree option—a Bachelor of Business Administration—with seven different concentrations in accounting, finance, economics, management, international management, general business and marketing. Beginning Fall 2016, students will get more specialized training in their areas of interest as the college expands to four degree options with three concentrations.

“This will give us parity with our Tennessee Board of Regents peers, as well as make our students’ degrees more valuable moving forward,” Dr. Bill Rupp, dean of the APSU College of Business, said.

The newly modified programs will allow students the option of earning a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in accounting, marketing, finance and management. Finance majors can choose an economics concentration, while management majors can choose an international management or general business concentration.

In late September, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) approved the new degrees, noting that the change will help with the college’s accreditation efforts.

“The separation of these concentrations into free-standing programs helps to fulfill accreditation requirements from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and facilitates employment opportunities for graduates of these academic programs,” Russ Deaton, THEC interim executive director, wrote in a letter to APSU President Alisa White.

The AACSB is the premier institution for specialized accreditation in the field of business. APSU’s College of Business began aggressively pursuing AACSB accreditation a few years ago, and this February, the association will send a Peer Review Team to the Clarksville campus to evaluate the University’s growing business program.

 More information about the APSU College of Business is available online at http://www.apsu.edu/business