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Let’s talk business: EOU earns top distinctions

Let’s talk business: EOU earns top distinctions

College of Business graduates at Commencement in June 2019

Oct. 27, 2020 LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University has received a multitude of awards ranging from “Most Affordable Four-Year College” to being named one of the top 50 Business Schools. Behind each of these distinctions is an EOU program or college that made it possible.  

The College of Business at EOU has reaffirmed its longstanding IACBE accreditation this year, showing that it adheres to the nine international standards of excellence.   

Dean Ed Henninger, alongside faculty leaders in the college, prepared documentation for the IACBE board over the last year. EOU received news in July that its accreditation status would be reaffirmed and approval granted through December 2027, aligning with EOU’s Strategic Plan.

“Everything from student success to transformative education and the number of lives impacted, the accreditation principles align well with many academic quality and student success goals within EOU’s Strategic Plan,” Henninger said.  

The accreditation of the College of Business not only impacts students, but demonstrates that EOU programs are recognized by external stakeholders. Community members can be assured that EOU is accountable and complies with leading standards for business education.   

“Aligned well with the mission of the IACBE, our college’s overarching goal is the continuous improvement of business education at EOU, including operational and student learning outcomes,” he said.

The College of Business also has  plans for new classes, a research center, and revised and expanded programs and majors. The recently created Eastern Oregon Center for Economic Information will facilitate joint faculty-student research projects and internships to impact economic and workforce development in the region. 

One of the degrees under development is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Agricultural Entrepreneurship. Students in the program will learn to cultivate businesses while mastering state-of-the-art agricultural farming techniques and technological tools. New career-ready marketing and entrepreneurship programs, as well as an updated College Advisory Council, showcase the college’s accelerating action plans.  

“We believe that the future depends on what we do in the present,” Henninger said. 

For more information about the College of Business, visit eou.edu/college-of-business.  

By PR Intern Emily Andrews