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02-19-2015

Clarkson University School of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

The Clarkson University School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International -- the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Clarkson University's Bertrand H. Snell Hall, home of the School of BusinessAACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by fewer than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are only 716 business schools in 48 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation.

School of Business Dean Dayle Smith is exceptionally proud of the achievements of the students, faculty, alumni and staff, who are responsible for the reputational excellence of the school recognized by AASCSB.

"Our School of Business was recognized for its strengths in strategic planning, student internship programs, executive education, faculty engagement with corporate partners, career placement, interdisciplinary and experiential learning, global perspectives, assurance of learning systems, and the first year programs in both business and in engineering and management," said Smith.

"We knew we were being assessed under the new AACSB standards and had to demonstrate our commitment to innovation, engagement and impact. The visiting peer review team commended the school on a number of its new initiatives and innovative practices."

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

Smith agreed, saying, "The Business School self-study reports require extensive collaborative efforts on the part of a number of internal stakeholders. Our team worked hard to use the self-study as integral to our new strategic planning process. The peer review team recognized our strategic priorities and clearly saw the link between curriculum development and outcomes, citing our nationally recognized programs in entrepreneurship, supply chain management, engineering & management, and other program outcomes of a quality educational experience."

Clarkson University's Entrepreneurship Program is one of the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The two named Clarkson to their 2015 list of "Top 25 Colleges for Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Programs," where it ranks #14. Forbes magazine ranks Clarkson University in its top-50 list of "America's most entrepreneurial universities."

Clarkson has also been nationally recognized for its annual competition in which up to five young entrepreneurs or innovators have an opportunity to attend Clarkson without tuition through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and the acquisition by the University of an ownership interest in their business ventures.

Of students graduating in Clarkson’s Class of 2013 and using the campus Career Services Center, 95 percent reported being placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation. These Clarkson graduates go on to earn some of the highest salaries in the nation, according to the 2015 PayScale College Salary Report.

AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world.

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.

To learn more about the Clarkson University School of Business visit http://www.clarkson.edu/business .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption:  The Clarkson University School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International -- the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Pictured above, Bertrand H. Snell Hall, home of the School of Business.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bhsh-view.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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