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Tampa, Fla., USA (January 23, 2018)—AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) announces today that 40 business schools have extended their accreditation in business, nine have extended their accreditation in business and accounting, and one has extended its accreditation in accounting. Founded in 1916, 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, 799 institutions across 53 countries and territories have earned AACSB Accreditation. Further, 186 institutions hold additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

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. Once accreditation is achieved, each institution participates in a five-year continuous improvement peer-review to maintain high quality and extend its accreditation.

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

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (United States)
California State University, Chico (United States)
California State University, East Bay (United States)
Cardiff University (United Kingdom)
Clark University (United States)
Coastal Carolina University (United States)
Emporia State University (United States)
ESC Rennes School of Business (France)
Henderson State University (United States)
IESEG School of Management (France)
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (United States)
Kuwait University (Kuwait)
Longwood University (United States)
Missouri University of Science and Technology (United States)
Morehouse College (United States)
North Carolina Central University (United States)
Northern Michigan University (United States)
Ohio Northern University (United States)
Peking University (China)
Radford University (United States)
Saginaw Valley State University (United States)
Seaver College (United States)
Southeastern Louisiana University (United States)
Southern University and A&M College (United States)
Southern University at New Orleans (United States)
State University of New York at New Paltz (United States)
State University of New York at Oswego (United States)
Stonehill College (United States)
The College of New Jersey (United States)
The University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (United States)
The University of Queensland (Australia)
University of Bradford (United Kingdom)
University of Missouri (United States)
University of Portland (United States)
University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (United States)
Vanderbilt University (United States)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Schools Extending Their Business and Accounting Accreditation

Case Western Reserve University (United States)
Grand Valley State University (United States)
Kent State University (United States)
New Mexico State University (United States)
The University of Akron (United States)
Towson University (United States)
University of Louisiana at Monroe (United States)
University of Northern Colorado (United States)
Utah State University (United States)

Schools Extending Their Accounting Accreditation

University of Kansas (United States)

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About AACSB International

As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (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 nearly 1,600 member organizations and more than 795 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