Confirming Global Quality and Distinction in Business Education

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Tampa, Fla., USA (July 1, 2020)AACSB International (AACSB) announces today that 17 business schools have extended their accreditation in business and five have extended their accreditation in both business and accounting.

For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education. Today, over 870 institutions across 57 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation, while 190 institutions hold supplemental 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 multiyear 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 a supplemental 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 or accounting:

Schools Extending Their Business Accreditation

Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS (Denmark)
Dongguk University (South Korea)
Drury University (United States)
Eastern Illinois University (United States)
Georgia Southwestern State University (United States)
Jacksonville University (United States)
Monmouth University (United States)
Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University (United States)
Saint Xavier University (United States)
The Citadel (United States)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
University of Cape Town (South Africa)
University of Mannheim (Germany)
University of Pennsylvania (United States)
University of South Carolina Upstate (United States)
Valparaiso University (United States)
Washington University in St. Louis (United States)

Schools Extending Their Business and Accounting Accreditation

Bentley University (United States)
Central Michigan University (United States)
Louisiana Tech University (United States)
Oregon State University (United States)
University of Idaho (United States)

About AACSB

Established in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world’s largest business education alliance, connecting educators, learners, and business to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation, and amplifies impact in business education. Learn how AACSB is transforming business education for a better society at aacsb.edu.

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