Ithaca College School of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College School of Business has maintained its accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Considered the hallmark of excellence in business education, AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

The school earned initial accreditation of its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business administration in 2005. To maintain accreditation, programs must undergo a rigorous review every five years, demonstrating a continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources and interactions of faculty and students as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

“The positive AACSB accreditation decision validates the excellence of our School of Business and is a testament to the commitment of the faculty and staff who lead our programs and initiatives,” said James Simpson, the school’s interim dean. “The report of the AACSB review team emphasized our clear mission-driven curriculum design, the depth of student involvement in the life of the school, a culture of faculty involvement in continuous improvement of the school and class sizes that allow for significant engagement between students and faculty. These are all qualities that shape and define the educational experience for our students. These qualities, along with our new initiatives, suggest an exciting future for the business school.”

The school offers bachelor of science degrees in accounting and business administration (with concentrations in corporate accounting, finance, international business, management and marketing), a bachelor of arts degree in legal studies, and MBA degrees in business administration and professional accountancy

The School of Business is housed in the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise, the first facility for a college or university business school in the world to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. There are currently 716 business schools in 48 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation.

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