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OU business school maintains 20 years of prestigious dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
OU business school maintains 20 years of prestigious dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting

The School of Business Administration at Oakland University successfully maintained its business and accounting accreditations from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education. Every five years AACSB-accredited institutions must complete a thorough review that is strategic and focused on the delivery of high-quality education, continuous improvement, market relevance and currency.  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.

Oakland University’s business school has been a member of the AACSB since 1988, and fully accredited in both its business and accounting programs since 1994.

Less than five percent of the world’s business programs hold this elite accreditation. Today, there are more than 687 business schools in 45 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. Only 182 institutions hold an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” says 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.”

“Maintaining dual accreditation in Oakland University’s business and accounting programs is an external validation of the excellence and relevancy of our curriculum,” says OU School of Business Administration Dean Michael A. Mazzeo. “The successful maintenance of our accreditation is a testament to Oakland University’s dedicated faculty and staff in the business school.

“From our AACSB-accredited programs and top-notch faculty to the experiential learning opportunities, we are intensely focused on giving Oakland business students the tools to succeed,” Mazzeo says.

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in its business and accounting programs. The business school offers eight business majors – accounting, finance, business economics, operations management, human resources management, marketing, general management, and management information sciences as well as 12 minors at the undergraduate level. The school offers a Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, Master of Science in Information Technology Management and an Executive MBA with a focus on health care management and information systems leadership.

Established in 1959, Oakland University’s School of Business Administration has evolved from a small liberal arts business program in the College of Arts and Sciences to an AACSB-accredited business school offering undergraduate and graduate business degrees. Over the last four decades, OU’s business school has experienced tremendous growth in its reputation in the business and research community. Today, more than 15,000 Oakland University business school alumni at work at all levels of organizations through Michigan and around the world.