Accounting programs earn elite AACSB accreditation

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he Quinnipiac School of Business’ accounting programs were awarded accreditation by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — on June 22.  

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. AACSB accreditation is the most recognized professional accreditation a university and its business programs can earn, and a demonstration of focus on excellence in teaching, research, curricula development and student learning.

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“AACSB accounting accreditation demonstrates our overall commitment to educational excellence within the program, the School of Business and Quinnipiac University,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “Congratulations to our accounting faculty, students and alumni, and Nelson Alino, department chair.”

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More than numbers

Professor Chris Hodgdon leads his students through Intermediate Accounting. A former tax analyst in Washington, D.C., Hodgdon regularly brings deep knowledge of international accounting and global financial trends to his courses.

AACSB accounting accreditation recognizes a small percentage of collegiate accounting programs in the region, and only 187 institutions throughout 53 countries and territories around the world.

These programs have higher CPA exam pass rates, and carry more weight in the eyes of employers.

BS in Accounting

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“Today’s ratification signals that Quinnipiac’s accounting graduates have completed a program grounded in exceptional foundational skills, and are prepared to assume critical responsibilities and serve the public interest while promoting a sense of integrity to their practice of accounting,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

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The School of Business has already been recognized with AACSB business accreditation, a distinction achieved by only the top third of U.S. business schools, and 5% of business schools internationally. This additional accreditation further demonstrates the school’s elite status, and will enable it to attract highly competitive academics and accounting professionals to its already industry-leading accounting faculty.

“I’d like to acknowledge the hard work by everyone in the dean’s office, as well as the ongoing support provided by both Provost Mark Thompson and President John L. Lahey,” O’Connor said. “We could not have achieved accounting accreditation without all of their help and support.”