The Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has maintained its accreditation by AACSB International – the highest standard of achievement in business education.
The school was first accredited in 2003. No other program in the Erie region has met the standards of AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
“The decision of AACSB International to maintain our accreditation affirms the strong commitment of Black School of Business to offer the highest quality graduate and undergraduate business programs in northwest Pennsylvania,” said John Magenau, director of the Black School of Business.
AACSB accreditors assess a business school’s academic standards, the professional experience and intellectual contributions of faculty members and the academic and career advising that is offered to students. They also survey the companies that hire graduates, asking how prepared those graduates were for their work.
“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 for AACSB International. “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.”
Accreditors revisit business schools every five years. Schools must demonstrate continuous improvement in all programs in order to maintain their AACSB accreditation.