Fifty-Five Business Schools Maintain AACSB Accreditation in Business or Accounting

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The longest serving global accrediting body for management education announces the most recent schools to earn maintenance of accreditation.

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AACSB International announced today that 39 schools have maintained their accreditation in business, and 16 have maintained their accreditation in accounting. Founded in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral 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 643 business schools across 43 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 177 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

“AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work in maintaining the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, heads of business units, and academic and non-academic staff must make a commitment to ongoing 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 the AACSB Accreditation Standards which require a high-quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement, and curricula responsive to the needs of businesses. In addition, as required by the AACSB Standards, all accredited schools must go through a peer review process every five years in order to maintain their accreditation.

To realize accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain 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 accreditation standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

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

Schools Maintaining Business Accreditation
Arkansas State University (United States)
Cleveland State University (United States)
Colorado State University (United States)
Cranfield University (United Kingdom)
ESCEM (France)
ESSEC Business School Paris-Singapore (France)
Georgia College & State University (United States)
Gonzaga University (United States)
Grand Valley State University (United States)
Idaho State University (United States)
Illinois State University (United States)
Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School (Spain)
IQS-Instituto Químic de Sarrià (Spain)
James Madison University (United States)
Lamar University (United States)
Louisiana State University (United States)
Marquette University (United States)
Marshall University (United States)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan)
National Chengchi University (Chinese Taipai)
North Carolina A&T State University (United States)
Ouachita Baptist University (United States)
Roger Williams University (United States)
Seattle University (United States)
Texas State University-San Marcos (United States)
The University of Michigan-Dearborn (United States)
The University of North Dakota (United States)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
University of Arkansas (United States)
University of Central Arkansas (United States)
University of Cincinnati (United States)
University of Evansville (United States)
University of Otago (New Zealand)
University of Southern Mississippi (United States)
University of West Georgia (United States)
University of Wisconsin-River Falls (United States)
Utah Valley University (United States)
West Chester University (United States)

Schools Maintaining Accounting Accreditation
Cleveland State University (United States)
Gonzaga University (United States)
Grand Valley State University (United States)
Idaho State University (United States)
Illinois State University (United States)
James Madison University (United States)
Loyola University Maryland (United States)
Marquette University (United States)
Marshall University (United States)
North Carolina A&T State University (United States)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
University of Arkansas (United States)
University of Colorado Denver (United States)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (United States)
University of Southern Mississippi (United States)
University of West Georgia (United States)

About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,200 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in over 80 countries and territories. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier membership and accrediting body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia headquarters is located in Singapore.

For more information, please visit http://www.aacsb.edu.

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