Fordham University’s Schools of Business Administration achieved maintenance of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business on March 31, 2009. AACSB accreditation, a rigorous and comprehensive peer review process, represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, globally.
“The accreditation process was an incredible learning experience: it is about self study, reflection and continuous improvement,” said Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business Administration(CBA). “While the outcome was extremely gratifying, what we discovered in the process itself has allowed us to improve the way we educate our students and engage our faculty. I was especially pleased that the visiting team took note that our undergraduate students were clearly able to internalize and articulate the Jesuit Catholic mission of the school.”
The College of Business Administration has been accredited since its founding in 1920. CBA offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, finance, management of information and communications systems, marketing, public accounting, applied accounting and finance and accounting information systems. Students hone a competitive edge in the global marketplace through CBAs internship program, CEO Breakfast Club and the GLOBE program, which combines the multidisciplinary study of international business with the study of foreign languages and cultures.
“The Graduate School of Business Administration’s reaccreditation—and longtime accreditation—by AACSB is just one sign of the school’s vitality and leadership in management education,” said Howard Tuckman, Ph.D., dean of GBA. “The accreditation speaks to our ability to offer students the kind of rigorous and relevant education that allows them to compete in a global business economy.”
Accredited by AACSB since it opened in 1969, the Graduate School of Business Administration offers seven MBA specializations, four Masters of Science programs, several hundred electives and international opportunities. In December 2008, GBA’s Executive MBA program was ranked 20th in return on investment, and among the top 30 business schools worldwide, by the Wall Street Journal.
Business schools accredited by AACSB undergo reevaluation every five years. The process insures that business schools offer a relevant curriculum, promote faculty scholarship and offer high-quality teaching. There are 567 business schools in 33 countries which maintain AACSB accreditation; fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide are accredited.
“I am proud of the Schools of Business Administration, and gratified by their continued success under the leadership of deans Tuckman and Rapaccioli,” said Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., senior vice president/chief academic officer. “Fordham business programs are intellectually broad and constantly renewed by faculty who bring cutting-edge practices from the boardroom to the classroom.”