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Business School maintains 20 years of dual AACSB accreditation

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Business School maintains 20 years of dual AACSB accreditation
The School of Business Administration at Oakland University has successfully maintained its business and accounting accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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," said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

Less than five percent of the world's business programs hold this elite accreditation.
"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," said 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."

Mazzeo added, "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."

Established in 1959, Oakland University's School of Business Administration now enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in its business and accounting programs. More than 15,000 Oakland University business school alumni work at all levels of organizations throughout Michigan and around the world.

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