Champions For Global Excellence In Business Education

Career Climbers / 27th June 2018

AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business  (AACSB) announces today that 20 business schools have extended their accreditation in business and two have extended their 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 only 5 percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor level or higher. Today, 816 institutions across 53 countries and territories have earned AACSB Accreditation. Further, 187 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 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 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 
American University (United States

Aston University (United Kingdom
Eastern Kentucky University (United States
ESCP Europe (France
Florida Gulf Coast University (United States
HEC Montréal (Canada
Imperial College London (United Kingdom
Istanbul University (Turkey
National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan
National University of Singapore (Singapore
Purdue University Northwest (United States
Rice University (United States
The Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College (United States
Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia
University College Dublin (Ireland
University of California, Riverside (United States
University of Pittsburgh (United States
University of Rochester (United States
University of South Alabama (United States
University of Surrey (United Kingdom

Schools Extending Their Accounting Accreditation 
Louisiana Tech University (United States

University of Illinois at Chicago (United States

For more detailed information about AACSB Accreditation, please visit aacsb.edu/accreditation

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 more than 1,600 member organizations and over 800 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. The global organization has offices located in Tampa, Florida, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Singapore.  For more information, visit aacsb.edu. 

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