Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business recently announced the sustainment of its business and specialized accounting accreditation by The Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). 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.
Dean of the Massey College of Business Dr. Sarah Gardial stated, “We are honored to again receive both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB-International. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and innovation of our talented faculty, staff and students. The accreditations are the most prestigious standard by which world-class business schools are measured and approximately 25% of U.S. business schools receive this mark of quality. AACSB standards are developed by business education thought leaders around the globe and provide best-practice guidance to enhance academically qualified faculty, research productivity and learning outcomes assessments to ensure our students are fully prepared for the future of business.”
Belmont is part of an elite group of institutions—less than 6 percent of the world’s business schools—to have achieved business accreditation from AACSB International. Even more impressive, only 192 institutions hold the additional accounting accreditation. To realize accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB Business Accreditation, which requires an institution to undergo a meticulous internal review and evaluation process. Then, in addition to developing and implementing a mission-driven plan to satisfy the business accreditation quality standards, accounting accreditation requires the satisfaction of an additional set of standards specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.
“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”