20070806bAdelphi University is pleased to announce that its School of Business has earned accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.  Adelphi joins an elite group of fewer than 10 percent of the world’s business schools to have achieved this recognition.

“AACSB warmly congratulates Adelphi University and Dean Anthony F. Libertella for earning the highest achievement in business school accreditation,” said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “We also commend the school’s faculty, directors, and administrative staffs for their dedication and commitment to continuous improvement that played an important role in helping their institution earn initial accreditation.”

AACSB International accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting.  In 2003, AACSB International members approved a revised set of standards that are relevant and applicable to all business programs globally and which support and encourage excellence in management education worldwide.  Adelphi is the first school in the United States to achieve initial accreditation under the standards adopted in 2003.

“The Adelphi School of Business’s AACSB accreditation, granted to a select number of business programs worldwide, is evidence of its first-rate faculty scholarship and teaching,” said Adelphi University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcia G. Welsh.  “We are committed to the standards of excellence set by the premier accrediting body and will continue to deliver outstanding business programs and have high-caliber faculty to create leaders who can meet the needs in the field.  On behalf of the University community, I applaud the dean, faculty, and staff of the Adelphi University School of Business.”

To earn initial AACSB International accreditation, a business school must undergo a three to seven-year process of meticulous internal review, evaluation, and adjustment. During this period, the school develops and implements a plan to help it meet the 21 AACSB standards that require highly qualified faculty, a commitment to continuous improvement, and curricula responsive to the needs of business.  As required by AACSB standards, all accredited schools must go through a peer review every five years in order to maintain their accreditation.

“It takes a great deal of self evaluation and determination to earn AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculties and staffs make a commitment to ongoing improvement that ensures that they will deliver a high quality education to students.”

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About AACSB International
AACSB International was founded in 1916 by a consortium of 17 business schools, including Dartmouth College (Tuck Business School), Harvard University (Harvard Business School), the University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School) and Northwestern University. AACSB International is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. The association also is the business education community’s professional development organization, conducting a wide array of conference and seminar programs at various locations around the world.

Adelphi University School of Business
Adelphi University School of Business, established in 1964, combines a cutting-edge curriculum with personal attention from expert faculty to create leaders who have the knowledge, integrity, and originality to drive enterprise in the 21st century. Small classes, state-of-the-art instruction, a richly diverse student body, and hands-on experience enable students to excel in all aspects of management. Adelphi offers an array of undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, finance, and management as well as part-time and accelerated M.B.A. graduate programs. Faculty members are first-rate scholars as well as experienced entrepreneurs and executives with a passion for teaching. Innovators and top researchers, they are highly regarded for their expertise in key business disciplines. Students gain exposure to business practice through internships and events with distinguished executives, government leaders, and scholars. The School is one of a small percentage of programs worldwide to be accredited by AACSB International. Adelphi University School of Business blends the dynamism of a large university with the intimacy of a small community.

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