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RMU School of Business Earns Reaffirmation of AACSB Accreditation

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pittsburgh – The accreditation for the Robert Morris University School of Business has been renewed by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for an additional five years.

"The reaffirmation and extension of our AACSB International accreditation recognizes the School of Business's culture of academic excellence and student success," said John M. Beehler, Ph.D., dean of RMU's School of Business. "Through the efforts of our faculty and staff and the use of state-of-the-art technology, our students receive a high quality business education and are well prepared for productive lives as both ethical business professionals and responsible citizens.

“AACSB accreditation is the external validation worldwide of achieving overall high quality in management education. I am proud of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and external constituents who played such a key role in our success," said Beehler. 

According to the findings by AACSB's peer review team, since gaining its initial accreditation five years ago, the RMU School of Business has placed a greater emphasis on generating quality research publications; has improved the caliber of students applying to the MBA program (the 60 MBA students admitted for the summer and fall 2013 semesters averaged a 526 GMAT); has expanded both global awareness and international opportunities for its students; has created an assurance of learning culture with significant improvements made to its assurance of learning system and assessments.  

In addition, substantial progress has been made by the university in marketing, public relations and branding over the past five years. The new School of Business building, with state-of-the-art technology, has been a centerpiece of many RMU promotional materials since it opened in 2011.

The review also noted how both RMU and the School of Business have greatly upgraded learning technology over the past five years, giving faculty and students access to enhanced learning technologies in classrooms, computer labs, specialized facilities, and faculty and staff offices, including new hardware, software, databases and library resources not available at the time of AACSB initial accreditation. 

RMU’s Student Engagement Transcript, which documents student service and leadership activities beyond the classroom, was listed as a best practice. Other strengths cited include the school's student-centered culture and its faculty, who brings a wealth of academic expertise and managerial experience into the classroom. 

“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.”

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. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs.

To learn more about RMU's School of Business visit http://www.rmu.edu/business. Or to learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Web site at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.