Saint Joseph’s Earns Re-Accreditation from AACSB

Friday, January 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 8, 2010) – The Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools (AACSB) has extended accreditation to Saint Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business (HSB). The international accrediting agency maintains the school has furthered its commitment to ethics, justice and social responsibility while managing rapid enrollment growth. The school’s industry-focused programs also received recognition.

To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, during which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, and commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. Less than five percent of business schools worldwide have earned this distinction.

“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.  “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students.”

Since AACSB’s initial review in 2000, the Haub School has increased enrollment by 70 percent; added a number of full time tenure faculty to accommodate student growth; introduced seven new graduate programs and several undergraduate tracks; launched the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics, which engages over 50 percent of HSB tenure-track faculty in research, conferences and other publications; and has established Centers for academic excellence.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the HSB faculty, administrators, students and alumni who have contributed their talents to the Haub School’s success,” said Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70, dean of HSB. “We have experienced dynamic growth and change over the past decade, enhancing the Haub School’s reputation as a leader in quality business education. Our re-accreditation positions us to achieve continued success with our plans for the future.”

Saint Joseph’s achievement will be recognized in April at the 2010 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Web site at:

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