COB attains AACSB accreditation honor

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Linda Smith, News Editor

The University of Dallas College of Business recently joined 10 other schools in six countries as a recipient of accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accreditation, held by less than 5 percent of all business schools in the world, is a stamp of approval and a sign of prestige for the recipient school of business.

“Accreditation provides assurance that there is high quality in the students, faculty and staff, and curriculum, and that the university and college have devoted the human, physical and financial resources to ensure sustainable continuous improvement over time,” said Dr. Robert Scherer, COB dean and professor of management.

“I think AACSB accreditation also provides us an opportunity to compete with other schools for national and international rankings,” said Dr. Nancy Schreiber, COB professor and senior associate dean of academic and administrative affairs. “We are now seen among a pool of elite schools and can get involved in activities that will enhance our brand as a university and college of business.”

According to Scherer, earning such accreditation is an impressive feat. Schools must meet “a set of rigorous standards that cover the areas of strategic management, business school and university participants – ‘stakeholders’ – and assurance of learning,” through assessment of student learning outcomes.

The AACSB echoes Scherer’s sentiments, stating on its website that its accreditation is the most recognized in the world. They also state that 86 percent of AACSB-accredited schools say that the AACSB accreditation standards are the most stringent of those of the accreditations they hold.

Commenting on this achievement, President Thomas Keefe sought to acknowledge the hard work of all who helped the COB to earn its new status.

“UD’s accreditation could not have been earned without the leadership and support of Dan Cruse, former chairman of the Board of Trustees; Frank Hubach, current chairman of the board; Joe Oscar Neuhoff, former chairman of the University Affairs Committee of the board; and Richard Husseini, current chairman of the University Affairs Committee,” Keefe said.  “I would be remiss in not acknowledging the leadership of Robert Scherer, current dean of the College of Business, and Brian Murray, former interim dean.”

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