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Through a peer-reviewed accountability process, AACSB announces that 18 business schools have extended their global accreditation in business, business and accounting, or accounting.

Tampa, Fla., USA (June 21, 2017)—AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) announced today that 18 business schools have extended their accreditation in business, business and accounting, or accounting. Founded in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.

For over a century, AACSB Accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. Today, there are 789 business schools in 53 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. Further, 186 institutions hold additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

“AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “During this peer-review process schools must demonstrate alignment with AACSB’s global accreditation standards, as well as how they encourage engagement, innovation, and impact across the communities they serve.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multi-year path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

To achieve 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 specific to the discipline and profession of accounting

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

Schools Extending Their Business Accreditation

Boston University (United States)
California State University, Sacramento (United States)
Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University (United States)
Hult International Business School (United States)
Kozminski University (Poland)
Sabanci University (Turkey)
The University of North Dakota (United States)
University of California, San Diego (United States)
University of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
University of Technology Sydney (Australia)

Schools Extending Their Business and Accounting Accreditation

Cleveland State University (United States)
University of Kentucky (United States)
University of Miami (United States)

Schools Extending Their Accounting Accreditation

Idaho State University (United States)
Lehigh University (United States)
Mississippi State University (United States)
The University of Mississippi (United States)
University of Missouri (United States)

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About AACSB International
As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide. With its global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. For more information, visit