BU College of Business To Establish Honor Society Chapter

For Immediate Release

November 10, 2005

BLOOMSBURG –Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s newest honor society will induct its first members in spring 2006. The business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, is the only society affiliated with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, an internationally recognized accrediting agency for business degree programs. 

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s business program accredited by AACSB, according to Darrin Kass, assistant professor of management at Bloomsburg University. The society admits the top 10 percent of the senior class, the top 7 percent of the junior class and the top 20 percent of students studying toward a master’s degree in business administration.  Students inducted into the society become lifetime members.

According to Kass, AACSB accreditation is reserved for outstanding business programs. Only 506 business programs internationally are accredited by AACSB; BU achieved accreditation in December 2004.  “It is the elite students at the best business schools who are recognized with membership in Beta Gamma Sigma,” Kass said.

Advisers for Beta Gamma Sigma and those who were instrumental in establishing the Bloomsburg University chapter include Kass, Andrew Blair Staley, associate professor of accounting, and Monica Favia, instructor of management.

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, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.