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School of Business Administration Retains Prestigious AACSB Business, Accounting Accreditations

Posted on January 9, 2012 in: Academics, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students

The Gonzaga University School of Business Administration is located in the Jepson Center on the banks of the Spokane River. Gonzaga University photo.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University School of Business Administration has maintained its prestigious accreditations for business and accounting by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools offering degrees in business and accounting.

Only 643 schools of business – less than 5 percent worldwide – have earned AACSB business accreditation; of those, only 176 institutions have earned AACSB’s additional accounting accreditation (28 percent of accredited members). To realize accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB Business Accreditation, which requires an institution to undergo a meticulous internal review and evaluation process. In addition to developing and implementing a mission-driven plan to satisfy 21 business quality standards, AACSB accounting accreditation requires the satisfaction of an additional 15 standards specific to the discipline and profession of accounting. For more information on the global distribution of accredited programs, visit the following link.

“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accounting Accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality accounting education to students.”

The Gonzaga University School of Business Administration was established in 1921. Its mission is to develop professionally competent and intellectually curious graduates who exemplify the humanistic, ethical, and moral values of a Jesuit institution. The School of Business Administration provides a challenging and supportive learning environment with quality students and faculty marking its excellence. As part of a global environment, the school promotes relationships with regional, national, and international business and scholarly communities.

Clarence H. “Bud” Barnes, dean of the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration, said the reaccreditations reaffirm the excellence of the school’s curricula.

“Continued accreditation of our business school’s programs is further testimony to the high quality education delivered by our faculty, the cadre of well-meaning students, and the institutional resources which allow us to educate tomorrow’s leaders,” Dean Barnes said.

Gonzaga University School of Business Administration’s achievements will be recognized at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting April 29-May 1 in San Diego. To learn more about Gonzaga’s School of Business Administration, visit its website.

AACSB International, founded in 1916, is an association of almost 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries. Its mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and is most widely sought by business schools. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminars at locations worldwide. AACSB’s global headquarters is based in Tampa, Fla. Its Asia Pacific Headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, please visit its website.

For more information about Gonzaga’s School of Business Administration, please contact Dean Clarence H. “Bud” Barnes at (509) 313-5502 or via e-mail.



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