AACSB accreditation earned by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide

The Butler University College of Business (COB) has maintained its business accreditation 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 that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

The COB first earned AACSB accreditation in 1999. Only 596 schools of business – less than 5 percent worldwide – have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

“AACSB accreditation is the “pinnacle” for business schools,” said COB Dean Chuck Williams. “It’s very gratifying that AACSB International believes in what we are doing in the College of Business to prepare our students for success not only in their career, but in life.”

The COB, which has approximately 650 undergraduate and 250 graduate students, offers a unique experiential approach to business education called real life, real business. Hallmarks of real life, real business include two required internships, the Freshmen and Real Business Experience classes, a student-managed investment fund, the Butler Business Accelerator (an in-house consulting firm), live cases with local companies, the MBA Gateway and Capstone classes, and the MBA Leadership Development Program.

To earn AACSB accreditation, business programs must undergo an internal review every five years that looks at a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, and a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

The COB will be recognized by AACSB International at the 2011 Dean’s Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 9-11.

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