AACSB accreditation for the School of Business extended another five years

February 05, 2020

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The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has announced that it has extended the accreditation of the business and accounting programs at Quinnipiac University for five years.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business schools, according to AACSB, placing Quinnipiac among a very exclusive group. Further, only 189 institutions in the world hold additional AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs, a distinction held by the top 1 percent of business programs in the world.

“We are proud of our faculty and their continued commitment to providing high quality educational experiences for our students,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “Embracing AACSB’s philosophy of innovation, engagement, and impact, our students become leaders in their organizations and contribute to their communities. I want to thank our faculty, staff, and students for their ongoing efforts to build and sustain an excellent business school and university.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus 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.

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

Established in 1916, AACSB International 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.

The School of Business at Quinnipiac has been accredited by AACSB since 2000 and the accounting program since 2018. Its online MBA and online masters programs are recognized among U.S. News & World Report’s top 35 programs. The school sponsors the annual Global Asset Management Education (GAME) Forum, the largest student-run financial conference in the world, where participants discuss and debate financial best practices with world-renowned industry leaders. This year’s GAME Forum will take place March 26-28 in New York City. The School of Business is home to the Terry W. Goodwin ’67 Financial Technology Center, the Alternative Investments Center, the People’s United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the People’s United Center for Women and Business and the Central European Institute.

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