Accreditation Is Endorsement of the College’s Excellence in Business Education
Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators and businesses worldwide.
For over a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by only 5 percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor level or higher.
“AACSB congratulates Bucknell University’s Freeman College of Management on extending its accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. Bucknell’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.”
Achieving accreditation is a process that requires rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multi-year process, institutions focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student engagement; academic and professional impact.
“With the Freeman College of Management being Bucknell’s newest college [founded in June 2017], AACSB accreditation is an important endorsement of the standards of excellence in the business education we offer our students,” said Raquel Alexander, dean of the college. “The credit belongs to our faculty for their hard work, and particularly Mihai Banciu, associate dean of faculty and associate professor of analytics & operations management, who led this rigorous accreditation process.”
With nearly 600 students and more than 30 faculty and staff, the Freeman College of Management will offer six majors by fall 2019 — accounting; finance; business analytics; global management; managing for sustainability; markets, innovation & design.
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