School of Economics and Business Extends Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

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SUNY Oneonta’s School of Economics and Business is among 52 business schools worldwide this year to have extended accreditation of their business programs by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators and businesses around the world. Fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools have achieved AACSB accreditation.

“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,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB.

SUNY Oneonta achieved initial AACSB accreditation in 2011 and recently completed a rigorous process to extend the accreditation.

“We celebrate being among the champions for global excellence in business education,” said Dr. Wade Thomas, dean of the School of Economics and Business. “The School of Economics and Business has reaffirmed its place among the best business schools in the world. I congratulate the faculty, staff, students, student clubs, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and the Business Advisory and Student Advisory Councils for their efforts in maintaining this prestigious accreditation of the college’s business programs.”

SUNY Oneonta’s School of Economics and Business offers three academic majors: business economics, economics and professional accounting – as well as minors in business and economics, and concentrations in accounting, finance, marketing and supply chain management. Students develop and demonstrate business skills outside the classroom through internships, professionally relevant extracurricular activities and study abroad programs.

Each year, some of the college’s most successful alumni return to campus to provide career advice and networking opportunities for business students. The School of Economics and Business also sponsors Backpacks to Briefcases, an annual event in which more than 50 students travel to New York City for visits with alumni in their places of employment in the business and financial industries.

The college’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter, which has repeatedly earned “Highest Honors” from the international honor society, inducts business students each year to join an expanding network of 830,000 lifetime members worldwide. Only the students who rank in the top 10 percent of baccalaureate programs and the top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International are eligible for membership in this international honor society.