Villanova School of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

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Villanova, PA, April 12, 2012—The Villanova School of Business (VSB) 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 bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. 

Only 649 schools of business, or less than 5% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. 

“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB 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 continued delivery of high-quality education to students.” 

“VSB has been an exceedingly busy place and, together, we have endeavored to continue our momentum through many changes,” said Kevin D. Clark, PhD, Interim Dean for the Villanova School of Business. “The review team was very impressed with the dedication our faculty have to high quality teaching, the superb level of service our staff provide to students, the creativity and agility displayed in our approach to curricular innovation, and the passion and resilience demonstrated through time by our community. This is a strong testament to the enduring commitment of VSB to our core mission - transforming young people.”
Founded in 1922, the Villanova School of Business is a premier educational institution that offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and executive education. Ranked #13 in the nation among undergraduate business schools and #12 in the nation among part-time MBA programs by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. VSB is also home to six Centers of Excellence in the areas of creativity and innovation; marketing and public policy; global leadership; church management; business analytics; and real estate.
VSB’s achievement will be recognized at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. 

To learn more about VSB visit www.business.villanova.edu. To learn more about AACSB Accreditation, visit: www.aacsb.edu/accreditation.

About AACSB International
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of almost 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries. AACSB’s 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 most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia Pacific Headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, please visit: www.aacsb.edu.

About Villanova University
Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s five colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

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