Forty-Nine Business Schools Extend their AACSB Accreditation in Business or Accounting

Tampa, FL, USA (December 19, 2013)—AACSB International announced today that 49 business schools have extended their accreditation in business and/or accounting. Founded in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. Today, there are more than 687 business schools in 45 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 182 institutions hold an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

"AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation," said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students."

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, evaluation, and adjustment and can take several years to complete. During these years, the school develops and implements a plan to meet AACSB's Accreditation standards, which require a high quality teaching environment, innovative programming, and active engagement with industry. In addition, as required by the AACSB Standards, all accredited schools must go through a continuous improvement peer review process every five years in order to retain their accreditation.

To realize accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn AACSB business accreditation. Then, in addition to developing and implementing a mission-driven plan to satisfy the business accreditation quality standards, accounting accreditation requires the satisfaction of an additional set of standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

As ratified by the Board of Directors of AACSB International, the following schools have extended their accreditation in business and/or accounting:

Schools Extending Their Business Accreditation

Babson College (United States)
Baylor University (United States)
Brock University (Canada)
Bryant University (United States)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (United States)
California State University, Chico (United States)
California State University, East Bay (United States)
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) (China)
Dalhousie University (Canada)
Griffith University (Australia)
HEC Montréal (Canada)
Hofstra University (United States)
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (United States)
INSEAD (France)
John Carroll University (United States)
Kansas State University (United States)
Kent State University (United States)
King's College (United States)
Lander University (United States)
Marist College (United States)
Montana State University, Bozeman (United States)
Oakland University (United States)
Queen's University (Canada)
Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, Camden (United States)
Saginaw Valley State University (United States)
Southeastern Louisiana University (United States)
St. John Fisher College (United States)
St. Mary's University (United States)
State University of New York at Oswego (United States)
Stephen F. Austin State University (United States)
Tennessee State University (United States)
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
The University of British Columbia (Canada)
The University of Rhode Island (United States)
The University of Tampa (United States)
The University of Tulsa (United States)
Truman State University (United States)
University of North Texas (United States)
University of Pittsburgh (United States)
University of South Alabama (United States)
University of Virginia-McIntire (United States)
Vanderbilt University (United States)
Washington and Lee University (United States)
Weber State University (United States)
Western Michigan University (United States)
Western New England University (United States)

Schools Extending Their Accounting Accreditation

Baylor University (United States)
Hofstra University (United States)
John Carroll University (United States)
Kansas State University (United States)
Oakland University (United States)
Southeastern Louisiana University (United States)
The University of Rhode Island (United States)
Towson University (United States)
University of North Texas (United States)
University of Southern California (United States)
University of Virginia-McIntire (United States)
Weber State University (United States)
Western Michigan University (United States)
Wichita State University (United States)

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