Date: January 11, 2005
BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has reached a milestone earned by fewer than 500 colleges and universities worldwide. In late-December, BU’s College of Business was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a leading international review organization. AACSB approved the accreditation based on the findings of its accreditation team during a three-day visit to campus in October 2004.
“The board of directors of AACSB International has ratified the recommendations of the peer review team and the initial accreditation committee to grant AACSB International business accreditation to the undergraduate and graduate business programs at Bloomsburg University,” said Jerry E. Trapnell, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.
“The achievement of AACSB accreditation is one of the most sought after quality indicators of any university or college that offers business programs,” said BU President Jessica Kozloff. “Accreditation is a clear and nationally recognized indicator of an institution’s commitment to quality. We should look upon this as a university-wide achievement. It shows that BU is a place that not only aspires to excellence, but can demonstrate that it has achieved it.”
At year’s end, a total of 497 colleges and universities—425 in the U.S. and 72 internationally—had earned AACSB accreditation. Accredited institutions in Pennsylvania include Drexel, Duquesne, LaSalle, Lehigh, Penn State, Susquehanna and Temple universities; University of Pennsylvania; and three members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Clarion, Indiana and Shippensburg universities.
“Earning AACSB International accreditation of our undergraduate and graduate business programs is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff of the College of Business,” said David Long, dean of BU’s College of Business. “The accreditation places the Bloomsburg University College of Business among a very select group of colleges and universities that have met the rigorous standards of the AACSB. Our students can take pride in knowing they are being taught by a distinguished group of faculty who are dedicated to continuously improving the education they provide. Earning accreditation demonstrates to all our stakeholders that Bloomsburg continues the pursuit of excellence in all our programs.”
BU’s College of Business offers bachelor’s degree programs in accounting, business education and office information systems, computer information systems, finance and legal studies, management and marketing and graduate programs in business administration and business education. More than 1,400 undergraduates are enrolled in BU’s business programs.
“While this is certainly a university-wide achievement, I praise Dean Long and the faculty and staff of the College of Business for their focus on obtaining this accreditation. Through their perseverance, we have obtained this remarkable achievement,” Kozloff said.
Accreditation by AACSB International, founded in 1916, is a voluntary, non-governmental review of educational institutions and programs. Institutional accreditation reviews entire colleges and universities, looking at factors including the quality of teaching and curriculum, faculty knowledge and students’ educational experience and outcomes. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.