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Frostburg State University Granted Continuing AACSB Accreditation for College of Business

Frostburg State University’s College of Business has successfully completed the extensive evaluation required to maintain its accreditation from AASCB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). FSU earned initial accreditation five years ago.

“We earned this through teamwork, and I am truly proud to be a member of this outstanding team of faculty and staff,” said Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the College of Business. “As difficult as it was to earn the initial accreditation, it has been equally challenging to maintain our standing, but we were determined to do the work necessary to sustain this highly regarded external validation of the quality of our programs.”

The University received a number of commendations along with its notification. In particular, Tootoonchi was recognized for encouraging “ inclusion, mutual respect, a positive and open culture and a commitment to the continuous quality standards of AACSB.” The peer review team that examined FSU’s program reported that it found the same culture of openness and transparency among the members of the College of Business Advisory Board, faculty teams and student groups as well.

AASCB also singled out the opportunities for field experience, internships or other substantial experiential learning opportunities provided to students, as evidenced by the 80 percent participation rate among FSU College of Business students in these real-world experiences. Assurance of Learning review groups, made up of faculty and students, and the mechanisms within Professional Development Courses to allow involvement from the Advisory Board and other external constituents were both identified as strengths of FSU’s program.

“I am very proud of our College of Business for achieving successful reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “It is a tribute to the outstanding leadership demonstrated by Dr. Tootoonchi and Dr. (Sudhir) Singh (associate dean of the College of Business), and to the outstanding quality of our faculty that led to such high praise from the team that evaluated the College. Students can be confident that they are receiving an education from one of the very best business schools in the State of Maryland.”

“AACSB accreditation is a sign of excellent program quality that presents an outstanding opportunity and value for our students,” said FSU Provost Stephen Simpson.

The AACSB accreditation standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

There are over 12,000 schools and colleges of business around the world, but fewer than 5 percent have earned the accreditation by AACSB, which has 1,200 members in 78 countries. All of FSU’s business programs, undergraduate and graduate, are accredited by AASCB. “I would like to emphasize that we owe this wonderful achievement to the full support and encouragement from our president, Dr. Gibralter and our Provost, Dr. Stephen Simpson, as well as the rest of FSU community, the College of Business Advisory Board, and our wonderful students who played an active role during the Peer Review Team’s visit of our campus,” Tootoonchi said.

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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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